Marino reveals Mertens release clause

Napoli president admits top Liverpool target can leave

Napoli president admits top Liverpool target can leave

Dries Mertens, 30, is the latest striker on the radar of Manchester United.

"The €28m clause is likely to be a low price even if he is 30", he said.

The former Napoli official told Italian daily Tuttosport: "It turns out that Manchester United are following him very closely".

And Mertens has been instrumental in their success, scoring seven and assisting twice for the Serie A leaders.

Jose Mourinho's men have been in fantastic form this season and now sit joint-top of the Premier League with Manchester City.

Mertens, a 30-year-old Belgian global, has developed into one of European football's most lethal strikers over recent seasons.

However, the Portuguese boss attempted to strengthen his side with wide players in the summer but missed out on Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic, meaning he may go back in the market for a winger in January.

The deal though contains a release clause and speculation over a move for Mertens is continuing, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger mooted as being keen on the Belgium global. It's brought him to the attention of Premier League clubs with Arsenal's interest aleady registered.

"This season was really good".

And when asked whether the striker will leave, Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis said: "Dries will stay with us for a few more years, unless of course he wants to go to China and next year someone pays the release clause that he wanted introduced and I can not refuse".

Manchester United return to Premier League action after the global break with a crunch clash against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime.

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