Napoli striker Dries Mertens will sign a new deal that will keep him in the south of Italy until the summer of 2022, just hours before lining up for the club in the Coppa Italia final against Juventus on Wednesday evening.
Mertens joined the Partenopei from PSV Eindhoven in 2013 and has since gone on to overtake Napoli legends Diego Maradona and Marek Hamsik to become the club’s all-time leading scorer, netting 122 goals in all competitions.
The 33-year-old’s future has been at the centre of intense speculation with Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter and Juventus all linked with a move for the striker as his contract comes to an end.
According to TuttoMercatoWeb, Mertens will now meet with Napoli sporting director Critiano Giuntoli in Rome prior to the Coppa Italia final, where he will put pen to paper on a two year deal worth €10 million, €4m per season and a €2m signing bonus.
Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis had previously refused to meet the Belgium international’s wage demands and considered allowing him to leave in the January transfer window.
However, it appears that Gli Azzurri coach Gennaro Gattuso’s desire to keep Mertens at the Stadio San Paolo and his recent dethroning of Hamsik at the top of the club’s record books has led to De Laurentiis changing his stance on the situation.