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Mercato: Inter Linked With Dries Mertens and Jan Vertonghen

Calcio Mercato

Inter Milan already have one eye on the summer transfer window with the club reportedly targeting free transfers for Belgian pair Dries Mertens and Jan Vertonghen.

While Mertens, who is closing in on becoming Napoli’s all-time leading scorer, has been in discussions over a contract renewal, there has been growing expectations that he will take on a new challenge for 2020-21.

Calciomercato report that Mertens’ wage demands would be viable for Inter if he elects to join the title chasers next season.

Mertens was a January target for Chelsea but having elected to remain in Naples, his decision to remain could hinge on the club’s faint hopes of gate-crashing the top four.

Napoli are currently in the last-16 of the Champions League but after a disastrous Serie A campaign to date, Gennaro Gattuso’s side sit ninth, 12 points adrift of Atalanta in fourth.

Corriere dello Sport went further to add that Conte also wants to see Mertens joined by Belgium team-mate Vertonghen at Inter.

Vertonghen’s deal with Tottenham expires at the end of the season and he was eligible to speak to clubs outside of England in the January transfer window.

He has not been offered a contract extension by Tottenham and with the emergence of academy starlets such as Japhet Tanganga, Vertonghen is likely to be allowed to leave in the summer as Jose Mourinho builds a side in his image.

The 32-year-old has been at the club since 2012 but despite fallen down the pecking order, his reputation is likely to lead to a number of suitors, including Inter.

With question marks over the long-term future of Diego Godin, Conte is preparing to add experience to his backline in case the former Atletico Madrid stalwart departs.

Godin joined the club last summer but there have been suggestions he has not acclimitised and could make a swift return back to Spain and LaLiga.