Dries Mertens will be a free agent in the summer if he decides against signing an extension at Napoli.

The forward’s situation with the Serie A side has aroused interest from elsewhere, with Newcastle United believed to be one of the clubs interested in him.

On April 30th, Corriere dello Sport explained the Magpies have joined other clubs in chasing the Belgium international, but they are not leading the race.

The Tyneside club are in the process of changing owners and if the deal goes through, the Premier League side will have Saudi investment.

According to FcInterNews, Newcastle are ‘ready to make a rich offer’ for the 32-year-old. Their proposal would be for two years, worth €7m per season after tax.

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Unfortunately for the English club, their plan to tempt the attacker with a ‘rich offer’ doesn’t ‘tempt Mertens’. His idea is to continue in Serie A, where the player is also wanted by Inter Milan.

The Nerazzurri are waiting for a ‘yes’ from Mertens, while Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is also waiting for a response on the renewal offer.