Agent of Dries Mertens arrives in Marseille ahead of potential free transfer

Foot Mercato report this afternoon, as initially broken by Sacha Tavolieri,  that the agents and lawyer of Belgian forward Dries Mertens are currently in Marseille ahead of a potential move to the Ligue 1 side.

The 35-year-old is now a free agent, having left Napoli at the end of his contract last month after a nine-year spell with the Serie A club, becoming the team’s all-time league top scorer with 113 strikes.

Talks are currently at a sticking point over the length of the contract on offer to the Belgian international. Marseille president Pablo Longoria wants a one-year deal along with an option for an additional season, while Mertens wants two years outright. His wage demands are also high, given that the forward is asking for €2.5m net as well as several bonuses.

A new deal at Napoli is also in the realm of possibility, with manager Luciano Spalletti looking to keep Mertens, even if he will not necessarily guarantee him a starting place in the team anymore. Club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is not as enthusiastic about offering the former PSV Eindhoven man a new contract.


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