Premier League heavyweights Chelsea are poised for a busy transfer window in the summer and have Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan at the top of their wishlist.
However, they are not the only side in pursuit as Serie A giants Juventus are also closely monitoring the situation and could jump the queue in order to lure the Belgian to Turin, according to Daily Mail.
Any deal with the Londoners could depend on who becomes the next manager at Stamford Bridge.
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Italy head coach Antonio Conte is the favourite to succeed interim boss Guus Hiddink and it is believed he has demanded the club to sign a midfield enforcer as early as possible.
The former Old Lady manager is sceptical of John Obi Mikel and Nemanja Matic’s ability beyond this term and wants to bring in quality reinforcements in order to overturn the dismal campaign of 2015-16.
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Juventus, on the other hand, are preparing themselves for the heavy interest in Frenchman Paul Pogba during the summer, who is also a transfer target for Chelsea, and view Nainggolan as the ideal candidate to replace him.
Although, there remains a serious issue for them to address as the Belgium international was involved in a heated altercation with the Turin fans on Twitter following his arrival at the Italian capital in 2013.
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After joining his current club, the midfielder revealed that he rates Roma higher than the Italian champions which understandably, did not go down well with the Juve faithful on social media.
He said: “I don’t think it’s necessary to go into a star-studded team to win a trophy. I am in a great side and I want to win with the Giallorossi.”
“For me it’s better to win one trophy at Roma than ten at Juventus.”
The Roma playmaker has established himself as a key member of the Belgium squad as well as for his club despite being snubbed from the World Cup squad two years ago.
Nainggolan is contracted with the Stadio Olimpico-based outfit until 2020, but he could make his move to a bigger European club this summer, with Chelsea leading the race for his signature.
It is believed the transfer offer would need to be in the region of £25 million to tempt Roma, who are currently sitting third in Serie A.