Chelsea To Table Fresh Bid For £31m Midfielder
Chelsea are determined to sign Radja Nainggolan and will test Roma’s resolve with an improved third offer for the Belgian midfielder this week
The opening of the summer transfer window is fast approaching so we’ll bring you all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from around the globe. Today, Chelsea ready to bid for Radja Nainggolan….
Chelsea are determined to sign Radja Nainggolan and will test Roma’s resolve with an improved third offer for the Belgian midfielder this week, according to the Mirror.
New boss Antonio Conte isn’t due to officially start work at Stamford Bridge until after he fulfills his duties with the Italian national team at the European Championships this summer – which could be later today if Italy lose to Spain.
However, Conte has already given a list of key transfer targets to his new employers and Chelsea have been working hard to try and land Nainggolan in recent weeks with the Mirror claiming the former Juventus boss wants to pair him with Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante in a new-look midfield next season.
Nainggolan confirmed earlier this month that ‘big club’ Chelsea had opened talks with Roma over a potential deal for his services. He’s quoted as saying in the Evening Standard.
“There has been contact between Roma and Chelsea, but I will not get involved so long as there is no agreement between the clubs.
“Chelsea are keen to strengthen their squad and Conte is a manager who wanted to sign me before. Chelsea are a big club.
“But the transfer is not a done deal so long as there is no signed contract on the table. And it would not be easy to leave Italy after 11 years.”
It looks like Chelsea are determined to get a deal agreed as the Mirror claim that after seeing two offers rejected, the Blues are now ready to test Roma’s resolve with a third offer this week with the Serie A outfit understood to be demanding £31m.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will be prepared to pay that kind of money for the 28-year-old but Roma are desperate to keep hold of Nainggolan and could even offer him a new deal to persuade him to remain at the Stadio Olimpico.
However, the midfielder has refused to commit himself to the Italian outfit as when asked about the chances of leaving Roma this summer, Nainggolan said at the weekend:
“I don’t know what my future will be, but I can just say that where I am I’m happy.” Nainggolan is quoted as saying by the Mirror.
We’ll have to wait and see how negotiations progress but Nainggolan would be an excellent signing if Chelsea could pull it off as he’s a powerful midfielder who should have no problem adjusting to life in the Premier League.
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The Belgian star is a specialist central midfielder so he’d provide real depth in the middle of the park along with Cesc Fabregas, John Obi Mikel, Nemanja Matic and possibly Kante if he does end up moving to Chelsea this summer.
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