The Belgian star could move to Rome this summer but his purchase may not be what the team really needs.
Dries Mertens is currently involved in the World Cup in Russia. Belgium will face Brazil tomorrow in a vital match to access the semi-finals.
Rumors from Italy are stating that the Giallorossi have approached Mertens’ agents to assess the feasibility of this operation. Monchi would like to please Di Francesco bringing in the Italian capital an expert player with an incontestable talent, a forward who could help the Lupi to challenge Juventus for the Italian title.
Although the name of the Belgian makes fans dream, especially after his last two fantastic seasons with Napoli, probably his arrival in Rome may not be what EDF’s team is really missing.
Dries Mertens acts mainly as a central or secondary striker. The former Napoli coach, Sarri, also made him play slightly on the left flank when Insigne was not available.
With Dzeko as absolute priority striker in Di Francesco’s tactical scheme and with the costly purchase of Justin Kluivert to properly cover the left flank, Mertens seems to be a further piece that could create numerical problems for the Italian coach.
The only way to play the Belgian champion would be moving him behind the Bosnian star. Mertens and Pastore could form a duo of absolute value in support of the striker. However, in this tactical scheme, EDF should bench two wingers. Thinking about the current and future value of Justin Kluivert and Cengiz Under, the purchase of Mertens does not seem to be the best for the Giallorossi.
Today, some journalists have been questioning Stirr Associates about the feasibility of this negotiation.
“Rome is a beautiful city. But we cannot say more,” said the agency that takes care of the Belgian champion’s interests.
Monchi approaches Napoli for Dries Mertens but doubts remain about his real value in the Roma roster.