AS Roma agree Radja Nainggolan deal

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AS Roma have reached an agreement for the full ownership of Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan, according to ESPN.

The 27-year-old has been hotly tipped for a move away from Serie A this summer, after yet another superb campaign for Rudi Garcia's side, but according to reports in Italy, a deal has been struck between Cagliari and Roma.

Despite playing for Roma for the past two seasons, Nainggolan has been equally owned between the two clubs, but that will now change as Giallorossi have agreed full ownership of the player.

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Nainggolan made 131 Serie A appearances for Cagliari in the four years he was there, from 2010-2014, before he joined Roma on an initial loan deal, where he made 17 appearances.

However, that loan deal then became permanent and since then, he has made 35 league appearances for Garcia's side.

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Full Ownership Agreement

Now Roma and Cagliari have come to an agreement which will see the former club have full ownership to the Belgium international.

Negotiations between the two clubs have been ongoing for weeks now, but a £15 million fee has been reached and agreed by both parties, suggesting that Nainggolan is now fully owned by AS Roma.

Despite the reached agreement, the deal has to be finalised by Thursday, otherwise there could be an auction for the co-owned player, which could see either side gain full ownership of the 27-year-old.

European Interest

Nainggolan's future has been unclear for months now, with Premier League sides Liverpool and Manchester United both interested in signing him.

Speaking about his client's future, Nainggolan's agent admitted that a move to Real Madrid could interest the midfielder, but as things stand, it's looking likely he'll stay in Rome.

He said: "I believe Nainggolan will stay at Roma, but things can change when it comes to Real Madrid.

“[Roma President James] Pallotta knows that Nainggolan is very important to Roma and may receive several offers for the player."

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