Fabio Cannavaro’s Tianjin Quanjian have reportedly lined up a mouth-watering €20m salary for Napoli striker Dries Mertens.
Talks between Mertens and Napoli have hit a dead end over the last few weeks with both unable to come to a conclusion over a new contract.
In the wake of the debacle, Chinese club Tianjin are looking to throw a spanner in the wheel of the entire situation to lure the 29-year-old.
Quanjian proposal is staggering enough to get the Belgium international forward away from the Stadio San Paolo, making him one of the world’s best-paid players.
For the first time, the Belgian is enjoying his best season to date in terms of numbers of goals, scoring 25 goals and providing further 11 assists, despite playing much of the campaign out of position as a centre-forward.
Dries Mertens could usurp the lacuna between him and the Partenopei to get himself enrolled on the super-rich China money.
Reina forced out of Spain squad with a calf injury
Meanwhile, Napoli will return from the international break with a lot of challenge to cope with, and could see their hitherto fantastic shellacked with some bad reports.
With Dries Mertens already having a divided attention on his destination after the summer, the partenopei will have to be without the services of their number one goal keeper, Pepe Reina.
The former Liverpool shotstopper has been diagnosed with a calf strain, but will be assessed next week to see the gravity and extent of the injury.
Maurizio Sarri’s men will resumes from the international break to face a double header with Serie A leaders and giants Juventus.
The first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-finals ended 3-1 in favour of Juve, meaning Napoli will need to score at least two goals to be able to guarantee their progress to the next stage of the competition.
However, their first encounter with the side will be week 30 league fixture at the Stadio San Paolo while the return fixture of the Coppa Italia semi-finals comes a week after.
However, the quite blogging encounters could for Napoli suffer a he setback should the 34-year-old Reina is not available for the encounter.
Reina was forced to pull out of the Spain squad this week, and has since then returned to Naples for further tests to be carried on him.
“Pepe Reina returned to Napoli after the muscular discomfort suffered during a training session with the Spanish national team,” a statement on the Partenopei’s website confirmed.
“The goalkeeper, who has just returned, was subjected to medical tests with MRI and ultrasound, which detected a strain of the right soleus muscle.
“Reina will follow a custom training programme in the next few days, before being submitted to new tests next Wednesday.”