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Dries Mertens reveals he has £25m release clause… and would be a bargain for Manchester United or Chelsea

Dries Mertens has declared that his £25million release clause makes him a ‘bargain’ signing.

The Belgian ace has attracted interest from a host of Europe’s biggest clubs after excelling in Serie A.

 The Belgian has already scored 12 goals in 18 outings for Napoli this season

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The Belgian has already scored 12 goals in 18 outings for Napoli this season

Earlier this year, the 30-year-old revealed that Chelsea had been in talks with his agent regarding a potential summer switch.

According to Napoli’s former director, Manchester United are also long-term admirers of the Belgian.

However, the striker believes he is great value for money after bagging 35 goals in all competitions for Napoli last term.

During an interview with HLN, Mertens said: “It’s true, we negotiated that [clause] this summer.

 Jose Mourinho is allegedly interested in the forward

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Jose Mourinho is allegedly interested in the forward

“Last winter I received an offer from China, I would’ve earned an incredible sum.

“But Napoli didn’t want me to go, and I wanted to stay. So nothing came of it.


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“But what if an offer like that were to come in again? That’s why I wanted a release clause in my new contract.

“It’s true £25m isn’t much for a Chinese club, and it’s a decent sum for Napoli too.

 The Belgian ace has attracted interest from Manchester United, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona

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The Belgian ace has attracted interest from Manchester United, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona

“At least, it was until Neymar went to Paris Saint-Germain, because now people treat £25m like it’s nothing.

“I have become a bargain – where do you find a player who scores 28 goals in Serie A and costs £25m?

“Nowhere, right? I negotiated well.”

Atletico Madrid have also declared that they will swoop for the 30-year-old if Antoine Griezmann leaves.

 Chelsea were reportedly in talks with Mertens earlier this year

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Chelsea were reportedly in talks with Mertens earlier this year

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