Man Utd hopes dashed as £25m target rules out big-money transfer

Date published: Friday 8th June 2018 1:09

Manchester United target Dries Mertens has hinted at a Napoli stay and says that he will not move to China.

The Belgium forward, who is preparing for the World Cup with Roberto Martinez’s squad,  has a £25million release clause in his contract for non-Italian clubs.

Tuttosport reported that Napoli’s former director Pierpaolo Marino admitted the former PSV man had a buyout in his contract and claimed United were interested in the 31-year-old player.

“The €28m clause is likely to be a low price even if he is 30,” Marino told Tuttosport in October.

“It turns out that United are following him very closely.”

Calciomercato also claimed United were tracking Mertens, who said he would be a bargain for any club.

“I would be a steal for any club because where do you find a player who scores 28 goals in the Serie A and who only costs €28million. Nowhere, no.”

Mertens though now looks set to stay in Serie A and in an interview with Belgian outlet Een, he revealed he would never move to China.

“Future? I will never play in China, because my wife Kat does not want to go there,” said Mertens.

“But I had the chance to do it, also because you have the chance to earn in two years as much as you earn in the whole career.

“I’m very well in Naples, I like it very much and I have two years of contract, so let’s see how it ends.”

Mertens, who is under contract until 2020, joined Napoli in the summer of 2013 from PSV Eindhoven for a fee in the region of €10million.


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