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Dries Mertens ‘a step away’ from leaving Napoli for Inter

Dries Mertens is on the verge of agreeing to swap Napoli for Serie A rivals Inter, Corriere dello Sports reveals.

The 33-year-old has been a key performer at Napoli for seven seasons, but is out of contract this summer.

And it is reported today that a move to Antonio Conte’s Inter is ‘one step away’, with documents being exchanged.

Mertens will arrive at the San Siro on a free transfer, replacing Alexis Sanchez who will return to Manchester United.

The Belgian’s signing-on fee and other details are still to be finalised, but Inter have overtaken Chelsea. Frank Lampard was desperate to add the veteran to his youthful Chelsea squad.

It is added that while Inter are clearly in pole position, Chelsea are not yet out of the race.

Mertens has scored 90 goals since his €9.5m move from PSV in 2013. He has won 90 caps for Belgium, finding the net 18 times.

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