Roma's Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan gestures during the Serie A football match between Roma and Udinese on May 17, 2015 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

MAN UTD boss Jose
Mourinho is reportedly
set to battle it out
with Chelsea over the
£40m signing of Roma
midfielder Radja
Nainggolan.
So far this summer,
the Portuguese tactician
has only addressed his
defence and attack with
the signings of Victor
Lindelof and Romelu
Lukaku respectively.
In turn, that still leaves
him with a key addition
to be made to the
midfield, and according
to The Daily Mail,
that search has taken
him back to the Italian
capital for Nainggolan.
It’s noted that while
Chelsea are said to be
close to sealing a deal
for Monaco midfielder
Tiemoue Bakayoko,
Antonio Conte could
still move to bolster his
midfield options further
with Nainggolan, as the
29-year-old has been a
long-time target for the
Italian tactician.
Roma have already
sold Mohamed Salah,
Leandro Paredes and
Antonio Rudiger this
summer as sporting
director Monchi
seemingly oversees
a major rebuilding
project, and they could
look to cash in on
another pivotal figure in
their squad.
Inter are also said
to be interested in
Nainggolan but Roma
have no desire to sell
to a direct rival as they
wish to avoid angering
their supporters, and
so given Mourinho and
Conte have long been
linked with the Belgian
international, it seems as
though the two Premier
League giants will be left
to have another transfer
scrap this summer.
It comes after
Mourinho beat
Chelsea to the signing
of Lukaku, and so it
would be another coup
if he could seal the deal
for Nainggolan. The
midfield ace would be
perfect for the Premier
League given his energy,
tenacity and quality in
the final third, and so
it’s no surprise that he’s
being eyed by Chelsea
and United.

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