Liverpool have been handed a welcome boost in their pursuit of AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who is just one of a number of players who have been linked with stepping into the shoes of the departing Steven Gerrard next season.
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The Reds are still very much sizing up their options as things stand, with virtually a different player being linked with us every single day. However, Nainggolan is a name that has crept up before, and is one that could definitely be of interest.
According to reports in The Metro, Nainggolan, 26, is currently in the midst of a bitter ownership battle between current club AS Roma and former club Cagliari, who both own a percentage of the player.
The usually dubious nature of their reports is helped here by references to Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur and Gazzetta dello Sport, who have both claimed that a move – not specifically to Liverpool – is more than possible.
Nainggolan, a combative midfielder who has been key to Roma’s recent success alongside Miralem Pjanic, has confirmed that he is ’50 percent likely’ to move on, while Terreur believes that his current employers can’t afford to keep hold of him.
Despite this, a deal in the region of £29m is still likely to be required to tempt him away from the Italian capital, so Brendan Rodgers will need to be absolutely certain before he parts with a big chunk of his summer budget.