Towards the end of the January window, there was a push from various members of the media claiming Chelsea were interested in signing Dries Mertens.

The diminutive forward would have been a replacement for the departing Olivier Giroud, but since the Frenchman never left, and the Belgian wanted to break Napoli’s goalscoring record (he’s equalled it for now), no transfers took place.

Mertens’ contract is up at the end of the 2019-20 campaign, meaning he can be currently approached for a free transfer, and many clubs, including Chelsea, are reportedly circling.

The Blues allegedly offered the player a deal, but Le10 Sport on Monday afternoon staunchly refute this.

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They claim that despite such reports, the player’s entourage has yet to receive any form of proposition from either Chelsea, Roma or Monaco, and have, to this day, not started any negotiations or any form of talks with them.

As things stand, Le10 Sport believe Mertens is leaning towards an extension with Napoli, which would put an end to all of this.

However, for the time being, there are more important things to deal with, like everyone’s health and safety.