Roma could sell talented midfielder due to FFP regulations


Manchester United could benefit from Financial Fair Play regulations this summer and not in their chase for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic. AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan could be available for just €30 million if reports by are anything to go by. Nainggolan, an all around midfielder would strengthen United midfield severely, which would see both Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba able to play their favoured roles, assisting the attack going forward, commanding the midfield throughout the match. It is suggested that both Chelsea and Inter Milan are interested in the player but the latter need to sell to meet FFP regulations by the end of the month also.

Normally a player like Nainggolan would command around €50 million, which could still be the case despite the club needing €30 million by the end of the month. The Belgian powerhouse would be a great upgrade for any club but with Jose Mourinho looking for a midfielder with Fabinho and Eric Dier both linked with the former not really being a first=choice target according to reports and Dier’s club, Tottenham Hotspur, commanding a £50 million fee for the player, Nainggolan, despite being a 28-year-old could represent a decent signing for the Old Trafford club. A few years ago, Nainggolan was a player which many United supporters of the club wanted, probably seeing his age as a problem now, despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic proving age is a mere number last season.

Nainggolan signed for Roma from Cagliari, spending the 2013/14 season on loan at the club before making a permanent transfer the following summer with Roma spending €9 million, on top of the €3 million loan fee for the previous season, acquiring 50% of the player’s rights, which may become a problem if United are interested in signing the midfielder. The Belgian has made 160 appearances for Roma, including his loan spell, scoring 28 goals in total. Goals are the only thing Nainggolan can produce being described as one of the most complete midfielders in Europe which is based on the player’s ability to attack and defend. Nainggolan is quick, dynamic and hard-working, physically strong and versatile.

Nainggolan can play in many positions, has good vision, passing range, and technique. The Belgian can often be found playing in the playmaker role just in front of the defensive line. Nainggolan has the attacking drive needed to play in that position, which is something United could benefit from, also having the ability to get forward on the attack and an important eye for a goal from midfield, which again would be something United would be interested in with more goal needed next season, especially in the Premier League. Nainggolan’s wide range of attributes, including his movement, his ability to make last-ditch tackles, his overall talent and most importantly, his energy tend to see him playing a more attacking role, which many would not grumble about, even if Herrera is utilised in a more defensive way throughout the season.

The Belgian’s tenacity, pace, stamina and aggressive tackling, added to his willingness and ability to chase down his opposition, Nainggolan could represent that tough player Mourinho would like to have in his team. Nainggolan is a ball winner, able to chase down his target, which has seen him also play a box-to-box role, but he is also capable of playing as a winger, which may not be the best role for him, but it would be another option for Mourinho, should he not end up signing Perisic this summer. With former Roma manager Luciano Spalletti not at Inter, I am sure the player will be hotly linked to the San Siro club, seemingly looking to follow his manager, but with the need for Inter to match FFA regulations also, they ay not be in the market until a player has been sold, which could be Perisic or even Mauro Icardi, who has been linked to Chelsea, but only for a massive transfer fee.

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