Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been in regular contact with Napoli star Dries Mertens, according to reports.
The Belgian is entering the final few months of his contract and has reportedly fallen out with Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis.
And transfer intermediary Vincenzo Morabito claims Chelsea are desperate to get his signature.
“Mertens had originally said he wanted to stay at Napoli, but then his lawyer started offering him to various international clubs, meaning something changed between the player and the Azzurri,” Morabito told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.
“I know this because I was working on the Olivier Giroud issue when he was meant to leave Chelsea in January, with a lucrative contract lined up for Mertens.
“Chelsea have now extended Giroud’s contract as a precaution, but they are very interested in Mertens and Lampard is calling him almost every day. I can see Mertens going to Chelsea.”