The 32 year-old Belgian striker’s contract ends in June this year and he will be free to negotiate with any club.
The Italian Government think it is getting more and more difficult to resume Serie A. If the season does not get back underway, Mertens may well have played his last game for Napoli.
After numerous meetings between Mertens and De Laurentiis which led to media outlets like ‘Tuttosport’ saying that an initial agreement for the Belgian to renew had been reached, it seems that is far from true.
The two parties’ stances have become more distant in recent days despite the great offer he was given by the Napoli president: a two year contract, a salary of 4.5 million euros a season plus two bonuses which exceed two million.
If Mertens finally decides to leave the club, he would miss out on the chance to make Napoli history. Mertens and Hamsik, the Slovakian midfielder who left the club in 2019, are the joint highest goalscorers for the club ever with 121 goals each.
Mertens’ last one came in the Champions League last 16 first leg match with Barca. If the Belgian scored one more goal, he would go past Hamsik and become the Italian outfit’s highest ever goalscorer.
If the Serie A and the Champions League had not been stopped by the coronavirus, the former PSV player would have almost certainly netted at least once more. If the season does not resume and the Belgian decides not to renew his Napoli contract, he will miss out on the chance to make Napoli history.