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Ex-Napoli hero Mertens closing on Galatasaray

Dries Mertens said goodbye to Napoli and is now edging closer to a transfer for Turkish club Galatasaray.

He is a free agent after failing to agree a new contract with the Partenopei and yesterday released a touching video message for the fans.

The 35-year-old is therefore seeking the next step in his career and Sportitalia transfer expert Alfredo Pedullà maintains that will be Galatasaray.

Fanatik and Sky Sport Italia confirmed over the last few days that Mertens had received a lucrative proposal from Galatasaray.

More details are emerging, with a proposal worth €3.5-4m per season.

Mertens did state in his video message that he will keep hold of his house in the Bay of Naples, so it’s possible his wife and their new-born son Ciro will remain living there if Dries does play for Galatasaray.

He was approached by Juventus and Lazio too, but would not play for another Serie A side against his beloved Napoli.

Olympique Marseille was another potential option for the Belgium international.

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