Manchester United and Manchester City are preparing rival bids for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan according to reports in Italy.
Gazzetta dello Sport say that the Belgian ace is wanted by both Manchester clubs in the summer transfer window and are lining up bids in the region of €40 million.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Kevin Strootman, however the Dutchman has suffered another knee injury and will be out of action for some time. Indeed it's Nainggolan who has stepped up in place of Strootman, helping Roma to second place in Serie A behind Juventus.
The Italian source say that alongside the €40 million offer, both Manchester United and Manchester City will offer wages of €4 million-per-season.
However the big problem in any possible deal is that Nainggolan is still part owned by his former club Cagliari who would be due €20 million of the overall fee. However that passage may be eased by the fact that Roma could be in the market for his replacement from the Sardinian club in the form of Godfred Donsah.
Manchester United are still looking for a dynamic midfielder having failed to land either Strootman of Juventus' Arturo Vidal this season, although it remains to be seen whether Nainggolan belongs in that category.
Manchester City's midfield starters have failed to impress this season - both Fernando and Fernandinho have underwhelmed, while doubts remain over the future of Yaya Toure. Frank Lampard will leave for New York City FC at the end of the season which could free up from for Nainggolan to arrive.
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