Radja Nainggolan dismisses reports he visited Manchester

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Radja Nainggolan has taken to Twitter to respond to rumours circulating in Italy that he travelled to Manchester earlier this week to begin negotiations over a summer transfer.

ESPN reports how the AS Roma midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from Stadio Olimpico in the forthcoming window, with Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool all mooted as admirers.

According to the Daily Mail, the Premier League trio have all been offered the chance to sign Nainggolan for £29 million as the Giallorossi and co-owners Cagliari look to balance their books at the end of the season with a view to making several other acquisitions of their own.

Italian newspaper Leggo went as far as suggesting that the 26-year-old has already visited the north of England to start talks with prospective suitors, but the player was quick to play down speculation after intimating he's been training in the Eternal City all week.

"To be training and be placed somewhere else is hard," he tweeted.

The Belgium international is under contract with Rudi Garcia's side until the summer of 2018 and has shown no signs that he is looking to leave the club so far.

With three goals in 28 appearances in Serie 'A' this term, Nainggolan has played an important part in the first-team as Roma look to maintain their push for Champions League qualification.

They currently occupy the third and final place in the table with seven games remaining and will be aiming to further cement their hopes with victory over Inter Milan at the San Siro on Saturday.

Who needs him most?

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is on the lookout for midfield reinforcements at Old Trafford, but has shown more interest in Nainggolan's team-mate Kevin Strootman.

The Netherlands international has been plagued by injury over the past 18 months, though, and so it's unlikely that he'll be able to pass a medical at the Theatre of Dreams, so there's a chance that the veteran Dutch coach could turn his attention to the anchorman instead.

Manuel Pellegrini, meanwhile, is in desperate need of English acquisitions to meet the homegrown player quota at the Etihad Stadium next term, meaning a move for Nainggolan makes little sense.

Anfield is probably the most realistic destination for the player this summer, particularly with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard set to leave Merseyside and take on a new challenge with Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS.

Earlier today Brendan Rodgers secured Jordan Henderson to a new long-term contract, but the Reds could still move for another midfielder when the transfer window reopens.

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