Roma star Radja Nainggolan has reportedly received an offer from Manchester United, as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his midfield ahead of next season.
Nainggolan, who is under contract at the Stadio Olimpico until 2020, was wanted by Antonio Conte at Chelsea last summer, and the Blues were willing to spend £23 million for the highly-rated midfielder. But the Serie A side were fixed on the £32 million price tag they had set for their star, thus a deal was never completed.
And now, as per reports from Il Tempo, the Red Devils have offered Nainggolan personal terms worth £6.6 million (€7.5 million) per season after tax, doubling the 29-year-old’s current €3 million a year salary and exceeding the new €4 million a year contract offered by Roma this month.
However, on being asked about the interest from the Europa League winners, Nainggolan said: “It can be true, it can be not true, that’s something that you have to know.
“When you play football you have to make choices and last season my choice was to stay. We’ll see (what will happen this summer). I’m going to go on vacation and then we will talk about it.”
Nonetheless, if a deal was to crack or not, Liverpool legend Steve Nicol sees Nainggolan to be a perfect fit for Mourinho’s side.
Nicol told ESPN FC: “Yes I think he would do well for Manchester United. He would make them better but I just don’t see it happening. Every summer we’ve been talking about Nainggolan going somewhere, it never seems to happen, Roma offer him more money, he stays.
“He’s 29 years of age now, if he’s going to go it has to be now. But Roma, Roma have got themselves in a good spot to challenge Juventus for the Serie A title at last after six or seven years of Juve steamrolling it. I just don’t see this happening, it’s not going to happen.”
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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