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Nainggolan was excellent for Roma last season.

Chelsea contact Roma over £30m+ move for Radja Nainggolan

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It's been a difficult year for Chelsea Football Club.

After lifting the Premier League title only last year, the Blues suffered a horrendous dip in form under Jose Mourinho and found themselves near the foot of the table at Christmas.

The Portuguese boss was soon fired as Guus Hiddink was brought back into the frame, only to depart at the end of the season.

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And now, Chelsea have Antonio Conte, who will officially begin his tenure after managing Italy at Euro 2016.

Plenty of new arrivals are expected at Stamford Bridge this summer as a result, with Roma's Radja Nainggolan one of the Blues' top targets.

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According to Sky Sports, the Belgium international told native magazine HLN Nina that Chelsea have made contact with his representatives over a potential £30 million-plus move.

He said: "There has been contact between Roma and Chelsea. But I will not get involved so long as there is no agreement between the clubs.

"Chelsea are keen to strengthen their squad and Conte is a manager who wanted to sign me before. Chelsea are a big club.

"But the transfer is not a done deal and it would not be easy to leave Italy after 11 years."

Atalanta BC v AS Roma - Serie A

Nainggolan would be the perfect addition in west London following a season where Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic both struggled for form throughout.

The Belgian's all-action style of play would be perfectly suited to the Premier League, especially so given Chelsea's need for greater steal in front of their back four.

John Obi Mikel performed admirably amidst all the mediocrity yet the Nigerian doesn't possess the quality needed for a side challenging for the title and Champions League places.

Regardless, if Chelsea are to improve on their woeful tenth-placed finish, they need several world-class signings.

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Europa League
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