Manchester City to rival Liverpool in Radja Nainggolan hunt - reports

Reports in Italy suggest that Manchester City are ready to rival Premier League foes Liverpool in the race for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan.

Liverpool are reported to have seen an approach for Roma midfielder Raja Nainggolan knocked back, and that has left the door ajar for a Premier League rival.

The tough-tackling Belgium international is said to have shunned a lucrative switch to Anfield as he is happy in Italy.

It would, however, be interesting to see if that stance is relaxed should another European heavyweight make a move.

Manchester City are said to have joined the chase, according to Tuttosport, and they could offer Nainggolan Champions League football.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are also challenging for their domestic title and have ambitions of dominating English and continental football for many years to come.

You would imagine that such a switch would appeal to a man approaching his peak at 26 years of age.

City are, however, well-stocked in the midfield department and competition for places could work against them.

Juventus may, therefore, consider themselves favourites to land Nainggolan as they can offer a similar step up in class while remaining in the familiar surrounds of Serie A.

City boast the greatest spending power, though, and would be prepared to blow rivals out of the water if a bidding war was sparked.

Nainggolan would appear to be a shrewd addition for Pellegrini, with bite in the holding role something the reigning Premier League champions have lacked in recent times.

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