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Radja Nainggolan completes Roma deal

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AS Roma have agreed a deal with midfielder Radja Nainggolan which will see them earn full ownership of the midfielder from Serie A rivals Cagliari.

The Belgium international was co-owned by the two Italian clubs, but spent all of last season with Rudi Garcia's side, sparking speculation that he would sign for them permanently over the summer.

It was announced that the midfielder is now fully owned by Roma after the two clubs reached an agreement, and the Belgium international has now put pen to paper on a five-year deal at the club.

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Premier League Interest

The 27-year-old had been strongly linked with leaving Italy altogether, with Manchester United and Liverpool both interested in signing him.

However, United landed Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger over the weekend from Southampton and Bayern Munich respectively, whilst Liverpool have signed James Milner from Manchester City.

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Despite signing Milner, it's reported Brendan Rodgers is still considering a new midfielder this transfer window after the club lost Steven Gerrard, who agreed to join MLS side LA Galaxy.

Rodgers' hunt will have to continue however after Nainggolan committed his future to Roma by signing a new long-term deal.

Nainggolan scored five goals last season, but was crucial in the club's second place finish in the Serie A last season.

Nainggolan Statement

Speaking after the announcement, the Belgium revealed his plans and goals for the season ahead.

“It was something we both wanted,” Nainggolan said on his new deal.

“I am happy and so is the club. We both took a step forward and found the best solution for everyone.

“Now we must start from scratch and do better than last season. We are preparing physically to win something important this year.”

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