Chelsea are on the brink of winning the Premier League in Antonio Conte’s first season as manager and victory away at West Bromwich Albion on Friday night would hand the Blues the title.
However, summer transfer plans are already being thought about and the Italian tactician has reportedly put Mertens at the top of his wish list as the boss looks to strengthen for a tilt at the Champions League.
The Belgium international has been in sensational form for Napoli this season, scoring 24 goals from 32 Serie A appearances, and his performances have helped the club climb to third in the table.
Contract talks are believed to be on-going between the 30-year-old and his parent club but, the longer the talks go on, the more Chelsea will be looking into the possibility of stealing in with an offer.
Any move would not come cheap, though, and the Stamford Bridge-based outfit will have to pay around £20-25million if they want to land Mertens in the summer transfer window.