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Reports: Chelsea and Manchester United eyeing a January swoop for Serie A superstar

Yash Sharma
25 Jan 2019, 18:44 IST

Chelsea and Manchester United eyeing a January swoop for Serie A superstar
Chelsea and Manchester United eyeing a January swoop for Serie A superstar

What's the story?

As we are approaching towards the end of the winter transfer window, top European clubs are trying to make new signings, whether on loan or permanent basis, to strengthen their squad for the crucial stages of the season.

According to the reputed Italian outlet, CalcioMercato, Premier League giants, Chelsea and Manchester United, are eyeing a January swoop for Inter's star midfielder, Radja Nainggolan, who is currently out of favour at the San Siro. Searching for Mousa Dembele's replacement, Spurs are another suitors for the Belgian.

In case you didn't know...

The Belgian playmaker came into the spotlight during his exceptional tenure with AS Roma. The 30-year-old was one of the important players for AS Roma, who played a pivotal role during their recent successful campaigns in the European competitions.

The former AS Roma star joined Serie A rivals, Inter Milan, at the start of the season for a fee, reported to be around €34 million.

However, the Belgian playmaker is currently out of favour at the San Siro, starting just one of the last five games in the Italian league.

The heart of the matter

According to the reports in Italy, Inter Milan are fed up his poor attitude and are willing to offload the Belgian due to his disciplinary issues. The former Roma man is often late for the training sessions and has been fined on numerous occasions, this season. Radja Nainggolan's tenure in the San Siro might be over after spending just six months, as the Serie A giants are willing to open the doors for a January exit, with Chelsea and Manchester United emerging as potential suitors to secure the services of the Belgian.

Maurizio Sarri is looking for Cesc Fabregas' replacement, who recently joined AS Monaco. Manchester United, on the other hand, are worried about Marouane Fellaini's injury in the latter stages of the season and might be willing to sign his compatriot to cover for him.

Rumour rating: 6/10

It would be shocking to see the Belgian make a January switch after spending just six months at the San Siro. However, with Chelsea and Manchester United approaching to lure the playmaker home, anything is possible.

What's next?

With six successive wins in the EPL, Solksjaer's men have reduced the gap with the Blues to just 3 points. Maurizio Sarri's side currently occupies the fourth spot of the EPL table, with the Red Devils burning the candle at both ends to secure a league position within the top four.

It remains to see whether the Serie A giants would offload the midfielder this month or wait for the summer window to approach.

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