Inter are reportedly looking to bring Napoli forward Dries Mertens to San Siro – a transfer that would link him up with Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku.

Belgian outlet Het Nieuwsblad claims Antonio Conte is a long-time admirer of Mertens, having tried to sign him when he was Chelsea boss.

The 32-year-old’s contract expires next summer, and it doesn’t look like Napoli will be offering him a new deal.

The newspaper explains Mertens is “looking to stay in Italy” and if the Partenopei don’t cash in this winter, he will be free to negotiate a pre-contractual agreement with other Serie A clubs.

That would have alerted Conte, although his interest may concern Inter fans as it is said the coach “is looking at Mertens as a successor to Lautaro Martinez”, who is wanted by Barcelona.

Nonetheless, a transfer would see him team up with fellow Belgium international Romelu Lukaku, who has already found his feet at Inter this term.

The former Manchester United hitman has already scored 10 times in 14 games. Mertens, however, has just four goals for a struggling Napoli side.

Inter are currently top of Serie A, one point above Juventus, whilst the Partenopei are down in seventh place.

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