Roma to offer Liverpool target Radja Nainggolan new contract to purchase 100% player rights

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Liverpool have been dealt a blow in the race to sign Roma’s Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan.

Nainggolan is reportedly on Liverpool’s radar, having enjoyed a prosperous season under Rudi Garcia at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Merseyside club were said to have submitted a £20 million offer for the tenacious midfielder at the beginning of the month, offering him a vast pay rise in an attempt to lure him to England, although nothing has been confirmed as of yet, with the 26-year-old now a key part of the side who are still in the title race.

For Liverpool, any potential deal is made increasingly hard due to the ownership rules in Italy, which allow a player to be co-owned by two different sides. Even if Roma were to agree to sell Nainggolan to Brendan Rodgers’ side, the Reds would be relying on Serie A rivals Cagliari to sign off on any deal, with their 50% share in the eight-capped international said to be worth roughly £8 million to the Sardinian club.

Liverpool’s interest is still continuing in the Belgian, although it looks as if they may be forced to pull out of any potential deal in the coming days, with the Giallorossi reportedly set to offer Nainggolan a new contract in an attempt to secure the full 100% of his rights from Cagliari. Quoted by RomaNews, Sky Sports have revealed that Nainggolan’s agent will open talks with Roma, and, should a deal be agreed, will be looking to secure full ownership of their key man.

Whilst the 100% ownership would make any transfer to Liverpool easier - with only Roma having to agree to the deal - it is likely that the new contract will increase Nainggolan’s value, pricing the Reds out of a potential switch.

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