Chelsea look set to miss out on the signing of Dries Mertens in the transfer window as he prefers to stay with Napoli and now is set to sign a new contract there.
Chelsea will likely have to turn their attention elsewhere in the transfer market in their bid for Dries Mertens.
The Belgium international looks set to turn his nose up at the Blues and stay at Napoli.
According to the Guardian, Mertens is close to signing a new contract with the Serie A outfit.
Frank Lampard is a huge fan of the forward and was hoping to snap him up on a free deal, with his current terms expiring in the summer.
But Mertens is desperate to break the goalscoring record at Napoli – one he currently holds with Marek Hamsik.
Inter Milan were also interested in the former Genk star but he has opted to stay put – despite being offered less wages than both clubs.
Nevertheless, it will leave a disappointing taste in Lampard’s mouth, who has not had much luck in the transfer market.
After joining at a time Chelsea were banned, no-one was signed in January after the punishment was lifted.
Hakim Ziyech was signed in February and looks set to join up with the squad soon but with Willian and Pedro’s contracts expiring reinforcements are needed.
Olivier Giroud, despite signing an extension, has an unclear future at Stamford Bridge too, while Michy Batshuayi is not fancied by Lampard.
So, Daily Star Sport is on hand to offer three alternatives the Blues boss can look at this summer.
The Ivory Coast international left Chelsea in 2018 after making just one appearance but has gone on to become a star for Sassuolo.
He possesses incredible dribbling ability and can play across both wings and at No. 10.
His versatility is coupled together with a fair price in today’s market, costing just £13.6m (€15m).
If Lampard is looking for a blend of experience and quality up top, then he should to his London rivals at Arsenal for the solution.
Aubameyang has been in free-scoring form for Arsenal since his move from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.
But his time at the Emirates could be coming to an end with the Gunners struggling and the Gabon international with his sights fixed elsewhere.
Snapping up a key player from a direct rival is never easy, but not impossible – and Aubameyang would slot straight into the first-team.
A rogue shout considering his contractual demands and current impasse with the club.
But the Blues star has plenty to offer at the age of 31 and has been a key player over the years for a number of managers.
Lampard would love him to stay but the Brazil international wants three more years.
However, during an unprecedented financial dilemma amid the coronavirus crisis it may be a case of better the devil you know.