By Saikat Mandal

9th Jun, 2022 | 5:15pm

Leeds United eye move for Belgium star Dries Mertens on free

Leeds United are interested in signing Belgium forward Dries Mertens in the summer, according to a report from Voetbal Flitsen.

The website, which has over 100,000 Twitter followers and shares regular updates on Dutch and Belgian football, adds that the Whites are likely to face competition from a host of clubs including Newcastle and Crystal Palace.

The 35-year-old is set to become a free agent after his contract with Napoli is set to expire shortly.

Experience

Mertens has made 104 appearances for the Belgium national team, and he will bring loads of experience to the side, should he make a move to Leeds.

He has been outstanding all these years for Napoli since joining the club in 2013. He has scored 148 goals for the Serie A club in all competitions, including 13 goals last season.

He is the club’s all-time record goalscorer, but it looks like he is set to end his nine-year spell with Napoli. In total, he has scored 249 goals in his club career thus far.

Leeds have already secured two signings in Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen, but there is always room for new additions if a quality player for Mertens is available for free.

Mertens is a world-class player who can play in multiple positions. He is most effective playing in all the three positions upfront, but has also played in the false nine role.

His performances last season (2021-22) show that he still got many years left in his legs. Jesse Marsch wants to add depth and quality to the squad, and Mertens fits the bill.

Having said that, Leeds may need to break their wage structure to accommodate him.

In other Leeds United news, a player has jet into the UK from Dubai after making a transfer decision on the Whites.