The track is also confirmed by the Corriere dello Sport, which however speaks more in perspective. "Inter have put their hands on Dries Mertens for next season – we read -. One-step agreement, according to some sources already reached, with the Belgian that has the contract with Naples expiring in June and that in a couple of months will be able to sign with any team that meets its demands. The Nerazzurri club was the quickest to move on him, to court him and at this point he should be considered on pole. Maybe something more. This is an operation of great technical value, because it would enrich the list available to Conte of a striker of undoubted value that in Italy for years marks a lot, but very advantageous also from an economic point of view, because to put a player like Dries in organic without paying anything for the card allows you to allocate elsewhere (on the purchase of a great midfielder?) quite a few millions. This is why he said no to a transfer to China, where he was expected to receive a three-year contract worth 17 million (in total). Inter could be the team to succeed in the Italian campaign after failed attempts under Vesuvius. Two-year contract (plus third option) of 6 million (including bonuses) per season, would make the redemption of more complicated Alexis Sanchez, unless Barcelona pays Lautaro Martinez's 111 million clause ".
Today the Italian press is clear: Dries Mertens is a name very close to Inter, for January or June. "Mertens e Aurelio De Laurentiis they are very far from finding the agreement for the renewal and after the mutiny on Tuesday the Belgian seems really at the farewell step – explains the Gazzetta dello Sport -. Here it is then, almost unexpectedly, because it seems that the Belgian elf – a great friend of Lukaku – he winked at Inter, but found at the moment a certain coldness in the parts of Appiano: in agreement, Mertens in June will be free transfer and maybe in January it can move at favorable costs, but in Naples it gains 4 million plus bonuses and would like to improve the salary with the next contract. And perhaps here the hesitancy of Inter is born: in 2020 Mertens will complete 33 years, is such an expensive investment worth it? ".