Tottenham and Chelsea are ready to do battle for a £25million star made available by Roma, while Marco Silva is ready to axe three top stars at Everton, according to Thursday’s papers.
TOTTENHAM, CHELSEA IN BATTLE FOR ROMA STAR
Tottenham and Chelsea have been alerted by the news that Roma have put Radja Nainggolan on the transfer list.
The midfielder was surprisingly left out of Belgium’s World Cup squad by manager Roberto Martinez, despite a superb season that saw him guide the Serie A outfit to the Champions League semi-finals.
Chelsea have been long-term admirers of the 30-year-old and are pushing ahead with transfer business despite continued doubts over boss Antonio Conte’s future at the club.
The Blues are in the market for a new midfield partner for N’Golo Kante and they view Nainggolan as the perfect foil for the France star.
Spurs, meanwhile, are in the hunt for a replacement for Mousa Dembele, who seems increasingly likely to quit the club this summer.
The Belgium star is set for a move to Italy, with Juventus said to be leading the chase for his signature, despite being a key member of Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team squad.
As for Nainggolan, Roma are said to have run out of patience with the combative midfielder’s outlandish off-field behaviour, as reported in the Daily Star.
The Italian giants value Nainggolan, who scored six goals and laid on 11 assists in 42 games last season, at £25million – which could represent a real bargain in today’s inflated market.
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