Chelsea have been given encouragement in their chase for tough-tackling midfielder Radja Nainggolan by Roma's Sporting Director. This follows the news that they are thought to be in advance stages of negotiations, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. The Belgian enforcer will cost Chelsea €35million (£28.2million).
Nainggolan is the first target of the newly appointed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who is hugely familiar with the talent in Serie A, having managing in Italy for over 10 years. Liverpool have been heavily linked to the 27-year-old before, but it seems Conte is eager to steal a march on the Scousers and get his man.
Another factor that will play on Chelsea's favour is that Nainggolan shares an agent with Mohamed Salah, who has previously played for the West London club. This, coupled with the lure of Conte and Chelsea's millions may prove to much for Roma, who'll be reluctant to see one of their key players leave.
Mauro Baldissoni, Roma's Sporting Director, has conceded every player has a price.
“There’s nothing indispensable,” he told Mediaset Premium. “A player could be sold to bring in fresh funds and sign different figures, but it would in any case be a choice.
“We will make choices within the club with the perspective of coach and players to see how we can reinforce and improve Roma.”