Arsenal to ditch Wenger policy and go for Chelsea, Man Utd target

Date published: Wednesday 25th April 2018 7:35

Manchester United and Chelsea will reportedly face competition from Arsenal to sign Roma’s Radja Nainggolan this summer.

The 29-year-old is understood to have been a long-term target for Chelsea and United, but with Arsene Wenger stepping away from Arsenal this summer, a move to Arsenal could be on the cards.

The Sun claim Arsenal are “now likely” to head the queue for the Belgium enforcer after another impressive season helping Roma into the Champions League semi-finals.

With Wenger unwilling to sign players in their 30s Nainggolan was not considered, but with the Frenchman leaving and Luis Enrique the bookies’ favourite to replace him the former Cagliari star is on the Gunners’ radar.

The report claims Enrique is an admirer of Nainggolan and Roma may be forced to sell to balance the books this summer.

In February Nainggolan admitted that he loves living in Rome, and that any move to England would have to wait.

“If you think about money, I would have changed team two or three times and I would earn more,” he told

“But I want to live where one is well, for me and my family, there’s nothing missing, we live in the best way, there are good restaurants and you can go shopping. In my future I see myself in Rome, I think that I will stay here.

“I could go to Chelsea or to other teams now, but changing lifestyle and the culture is not for me.”

Nainggolan, who  is under contract until 2021, has made 38 appearances this season, scoring four times and claiming nine assists from a defensive midfield role.


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