Antwerp also wants Dries Mertens | Transfer news and transfer rumours

AntwerpAntwerp continues to aim high. According to our information, the Great Old has now also asked Red Devil Dries Mertens (35) for a switch to the Tawny Owl. Mertens is out of contract with Napoli.

Mertens has been playing football in Naples for nine years and in that time he built up a god status in the southern Italian city. Mertens would like to stay a little longer, but his contract expires this summer and a new offer has not been made for the time being. Antwerp now wants to respond to this and asked Mertens whether he sees a switch.

It is not illogical that Antwerp shows interest in Mertens. In recent years, the stock number 1 regularly brought in (ex-) Red Devils and other big names. Moreover, there is not really anyone with a similar profile in the current core. And then there is the fact that Antwerp’s new trainer Mark van Bommel and Mertens played football together at PSV in the 2012-2013 season.

For Mertens, who recently became a father for the first time, a return at the family level could be an interesting step. At the same time, the native of Leuven never wanted to rule out a more ‘exotic’ adventure. Waiting to see which direction it will go.


Dries Mertens at Napoli. © REUTERS

Agree with Janssen

In any case, it once again promises to be a very interesting summer mercato in Deurne-North. That hot summer was already started yesterday with the recruitment of Dutch international Vincent Janssen (28). The former Tottenham player reached an agreement on a multi-year contract with Antwerp. As soon as Janssen’s previous club (Mexican Monterrey) has sent the necessary documents, the target striker will be officially presented.

Also on the schedule of sporting director Marc Overmars: to bring Toby Alderweireld into your home. The Red Devil is and will remain emphatically in the picture at Antwerp. All the players listed above come with a hefty price tag, but that is no obstacle for chairman Paul Gheysens. To realize his steep ambitions in the football world, the big boss of Ghelamco has not looked at a euro for years. After signing Marc Overmars, Antwerp clearly intends to press the accelerator even more deeply. In Bruges they have been warned.

Mertens recently said this about a possible departure from Napoli:

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Toby Alderweireld and Dries Mertens at the Red Devils.  Soon together at Antwerp?
Toby Alderweireld and Dries Mertens at the Red Devils. Soon together at Antwerp? © Photo News