Manchester United and Liverpool transfer target Radja Nainggolan has admitted that he could well leave AS Roma this summer, describing his chances of securing a move away as 50/50.
The Belgian midfielder has found himself linked with a host of Europe’s biggest clubs thanks to his impressive Serie A form, but at the moment he is co-owned by Roma and Cagliari and so his future remains uncertain.
According to the Manchester Evening News neither club is certain that they can afford to keep him, which may open the door for the likes of United and Liverpool to stand a chance at potentially prising him away.
"Will I stay at Roma? At the moment there's a 50 per cent chance.
"However, I'm not worried as there's still time. Roma and Cagliari have to find an agreement.
"I'm 100 per cent focused on Roma, it's a great club, a great team and a beautiful city to live in."
Of the pair it’s likely United who will have the better claim as they look set to have the advantage of Champions League football. Though the season isn’t yet over and Liverpool could well steal fourth spot, Van Gaal’s side have looked good value for a place in Europe’s premier club competition next term and if they can clinch it they stand a far better chance at landing their primary targets.
As it stands the club are thought to be in the market for a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick, with both Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan and Nainggolan’s teammate Kevin Strootman other possible alternatives.
Meanwhile Liverpool are set to have a Steven Gerrard-sized gap in their midfield as of the summer, and so Brendan Rodgers may seek someone to partner Jordan Henderson in the middle of the park. Without Champions League football it will be difficult for the Reds to beat the likes of United to such deals, though as has been proven in the past it’s not impossible.
At 26 Nainggolan’s chief concern will be where he’s going to be guaranteed regular game-time, which may well give him a gentle push towards Anfield. United’s midfield man for man looks significantly more difficult to get into at the moment, and due to the pressure on players to perform it might be harder for any arrival to find the time to adapt to Premier League football.
That said it’s all by the by if Nainggolan does opt to stay in Italy. The player has recently revealed how happy he is playing his football there and might well decide that it’s best for his career to stick to a division he is clearly more than capable of doing the business in.
Liverpool fans, Manchester United fans, do you think your club would be wise to pursue a deal for Nainggolan this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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