Liverpool are planning for life after Raheem Sterling by making a swoop for Belgian star Dries Mertens – according to reports from Italy
While Raheem Sterling leaving will prove to be a massive blow for Liverpool, they are expected to receive a huge sum in excess of £40million in exchange of their star man and the incoming funds would surely go a long way in helping in the rebuilding of the squad.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will have to bring in a like for like replacement for Sterling and now according to reports emerging out of Italy, it has been claimed that the Reds are planning a swoop for Napoli star Dries Mertens.
Mertens has been one of the best wingers in Europe over the past few seasons and he enjoyed a fantastic campaign with Italian side Napoli.
Mertens being pursued by Liverpool
However with Napoli missing out on Champions League football, it is believed that Mertens is eyeing a move away from the Stadio San Paolo this summer and a transfer to the Premier League has been touted for the 28-year old.
Rodgers is said to be a keen admirer of Mertens and with Sterling now set to leave Anfield, the Northern Irishman is hopeful of luring the Belgian international to Merseyside during the summer.
Mertens is contracted at Napoli till 2018 though and if Liverpool are to tempt the Italian side into selling their prized asset, they are expected to pay in excess of £15million.Sterling who? Liverpool identify a potential replacement of international quality