Mertens’ contract runs out on June 30 and president Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed in April that the 35-year-old could have signed a contract extension with the Azzurri.
However, according to Gazzetta, sources close to the club are now claiming that Mertens wants a new €4m-a-year contract (he currently gets €5m per season), while, according to the striker’s entourage, Mertens wants to spread his current salary onto a two-year deal.
Napoli have an option to extend Mertens’ contract by one more season, keeping his actual salary, but the Partenopei are not going to activate it.
Mertens has already received an offer from Lazio, but his priority is to remain in Naples, so talks with his former boss Maurizio Sarri have been put on hold. The Belgium international is the best scorer in Napoli’s history, with 148 goals in 397 appearances.
Mertens-Napoli, il grande gelo. Rinnovo sempre più lontano https://t.co/Pe1vFBEeds
— La Gazzetta dello Sport (@Gazzetta_it) June 6, 2022