Liverpool linked with Roma midfielder Nainggolan

As Manchester United continue to be linked with Kevin Strootman, Liverpool are being tipped to raid Roma for another midfield star.

Roma may have to battle hard to avoid an exodus of talent in the January transfer window with Manchester United after Kevin Strootman and Liverpool now said to be eyeing Radja Nainggolan.

The Eternal City side remain firmly in the Italian title race, but they dropped out of the Champions League at the first hurdle and that may prove very costly.

Over the last few months, Man United have been incessantly backed to swoop for Dutch midfield star Strootman despite the Giallorossi's insistence that he's staying put.

And now Roma could also be forced to fight to prevent Liverpool luring away Belgian midfield star Nainggolan.

According to the Daily Express, Liverpool are considering putting down an offer of £20 million for the pugnacious star, who has become increasingly important to Roma.

However, one potential stumbling block in any deal for Nainggolan is that the 26-year-old is still co-owned by Cagliari, who would also have to sign off any deal.

As with many Italian-based players, Nainggolan's rights are divided between two clubs and that can make negotiations extremely protracted and complex.

It also seems unlikely that Roma would be willing to let Nainggolan go without a fight. While he at first struggled to settle and even fell out with some fans, the rising star has recently been on excellent form and become a popular figure at the Stadio Olimpico. 

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