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Napoli set to complete Mertens deal

SoccerNews in Eredivisie 22 Jun 2013

Dries Mertens set to be unveiled as the first signing of Rafael Benitez’s reign at Napoli after he passed his medical.

The Serie A club announced on Saturday that there had been no problems with the winger’s medical ahead of his move from PSV Eindhoven.

Mertens, 26, had been with the Eredivisie club since 2011 having moved there from Utrecht and he delivered consistent performances that earned him international honours and attention from abroad.

He made 34 appearances for PSV last season, scoring 17 goals including four in his last six games, and did enough to convince Napoli and Benitez to take him to Serie A as the Spaniard prepares to build on their second-place finish last season.

After the two clubs agreed a fee, reported to be €9.5 million, the player flew to Naples to undergo a medical on Saturday and Mertens’ agent Soren Lerbye believes the move will be a excellent chance for the player to push himself to the next level.

“This is a great opportunity for him,” he said. “I am happy with this move.

“The player is ready and wants to do well. Napoli represent a great opportunity for him and naturally he wants to do his best.”

Mertens will be the first signing the club have made since the appointment of Benitez on May 27, the Spaniard signed a two-year contract and was handed the task of improving on what Walter Mazzarri achieved at the club last season.

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