Napoli star's representatives deny contact with Man United amid rumours of 2 hour meeting

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Each year Manchester United are linked with hundreds of players. It can be difficult to keep track but sometimes you can’t help but wonder if there’s any truth to the speculation.

Jose Mourinho’s side have struggled in front of goal this season, therefore, it would make sense if the club were in the market for a goalscorer.

Reports of late suggest Manchester United officials met Napoli forward Dries Mertens this week as the Belgian star considers his future at the Serie A club.

That was until the player’s representatives denied the story.

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Il Mattino suggested that a two-hour meeting took place between 9am and 11am on Wednesday, and in full public view rather than in a private room.

Believable until the part about the meeting being in full public view, right?

Representatives state there was no meeting and that Mertens was only in the hotel for personal matters.

Thus far this season, Mertens has scored 23 goals in all competitions after predominantly playing in a central ‘false nine’ role rather than his more natural position out wide and is Serie A’s fourth highest scorer.

His Napoli contract expires in 2018 and there has been no breakthrough in talks regarding an extension.

Mertens is seen as a cheaper alternative to Antoine Griezmann.

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