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Arsenal target Dries Mertens has dropped a hint that he could leave Italy and join Chelsea.

Mertens says that he could leave Napoli upon the expiry of his contract and reunite with Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.

The pair worked together last season at Napoli and Sarri is now thought to be interested in bringing Mertens to England.

The Belgian forward has 10 goals and four assists in 19 appearances for Napoli this season, with Arsenal also having been linked with a swoop.

Unai Emery is keen on a deal for the winger, but his latest comments appear to point towards a Chelsea transfer.

Speaking to The Times, Mertens said this:

Sarri does not have an off button. I think he sleeps one hour a night and he is always thinking about football. Maybe because he had less time because he arrived late in the game and he is playing catch-up? I learnt a lot from him.

I love it here [at Napoli] but maybe in one year, I’m free [from my contract], so maybe you never know, maybe Sarri is going to call me. We will see.

Mertens’ contract at Napoli expires in the summer of 2020 and Arsenal could still make a move to sign him ahead of Chelsea in the coming transfer windows.

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