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Arsenal have to consider swap deal for Dries Mertens, with Lucas Torreira linked with Napoli

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Arsenal have to consider swap deal for Dries Mertens, with Lucas Torreira linked with Napoli

Dries Mertens remains out of contract at the end of the season and the Napoli superstar is unlikely to sign a new deal before the end of his contract – and Arsenal should consider the Dutchman. If they did, they would find they boast a trump card.

Mertens turns 33 before the end of the season but he has continued to prove that he still has the fitness, proven Champions League-standard quality and invention to go on until his late thirties. His contract, though, expires in June.

Arsenal are in desperate need of a spark and Mikel Arteta will surely be keen to bring in some big-name players to get the fanbase back on side in January. Mertens could be an excellent signing, especially with Mesut Ozil struggling.

Though Arsenal could land Mertens on a pre-contract agreement under the Bosman ruling in January, they would surely want to sign the 90-time Belgium international right there and then – meaning they would have to spend some money.

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However, Napoli are interested in an Arsenal player. Italian outlet Il Mattino claim Napoli are willing to spend £21million to sign Uruguay international Lucas Torreira in the January window, with Torreira struggling at Arsenal.


Torreira is not happy at Arsenal – as admitted by his agent recently – and a move back to Serie A with a Champions League side in Napoli would be a move that the ex-Sampdoria star would surely want. So, a swap deal should be engineered.

Mertens has been worth more than £21million in the past but given his age, and that his contract has expired, he is probably worth a similar figure right now to the one Napoli are willing to pay for Torreira.

Suggesting a swap deal between the two sides would be a move that benefits all four parties. Mertens would be happy at Arsenal, Torreira happy at Napoli – and both clubs would get a decent player without having to spend.

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