While Chelsea have been reportedly making inroads in trying to sign Dries Mertens, the interest is not solitary and other clubs have been making their own moves to acquire the veteran forward on a free transfer. One club long-credited with interest have been Inter Milan, and according to reports, they have been making some noteworthy progress.
As per Sport Mediaset (via Sempre Inter), Inter have offered a two-year contract with an annual salary of €5 million plus a large signing-on bonus to the 33 year-old. This surpasses Napoli’s offer and with Inter trying to get him as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Lautaro Martinez, Mertens is bound to get plenty of game-time as well. (Inter’s primary target is Timo Werner, but he’s most likely still bound for Liverpool.)
Corriere dello Sport (via Sempre Inter) also paint a similar picture of the situation, even claiming that “Inter are just a step away from completing the signing”. Inter apparently already have an agreement in place, at €4.5 million a year — which is lower than the previous reports’ claims, but that’s just a trivial detail.