As the crisis continues behind the scenes at Napoli, club legend Dries Mertens could be set to join one of the Serie A side’s biggest rivals.
A civil war between the players and owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is currently threatening to engulf the team’s season.
Now Corriere dello Sport and Gazetta dello Sport are reporting that they could be set to lose one of their most influential players, stating that Mertens has agreed to join Inter Milan as a free agent next summer.
It is said that terms have already been agreed and he’ll join on a two year contract worth €6m per season.
The deal could also include provisions for a future spell at Inter’s sister club Jiangsu Suning in China.
De Laurentiis has suggested in the past he does not want to keep Mertens on his currently salary and would only sign him to a new deal if it was at a vastly reduced rate.
Mertens will be free to start negotiating a contract with another club from January.
The famously fiery De Laurentiis has been at odds with the players and manager Carlo Ancelotti this season following their inconsistent start to the season.
The drama reached boiling point however when the club’s players refused to attend a training camp organised by the chairman following their draw to Salzburg, and instead chose to get in their cars and go home.
Since then it has been reported that De Laurentiis wants to dock wages by a quarter, and also was talked out of sacking manager Carlo Ancelotti by the club’s lawyers.
With an owner threatening legal action against his own players and a mutiny in the ranks, the tension is threatening to ruin Napoli’s season.
Napoli, Serie A runners-up in three of the past four seasons, have won just one of their past six league games and are seventh in the Serie A.
Mertens joined Napoli ahead of the 2013-14 season and has been an influential player at the Stadio San Paulo ever since.
He has scored 116 goals in 212 club appearances, but with the drama ensuing at Napoli his legendary spell at the club might be about to come to an end.