Liverpool-linked Radja Nainggolan set for permanent Roma move

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The Belgium international is half-owned by Cagliari, but looks set to have his full ownership bought by the capital city side.

With Steven Gerrard set to play his final Merseyside derby for Liverpool against Everton later today, the Reds have been linked with a host of midfielders as potential replacements for the Anfield legend.

One name that has been consistently linked is Radja Nainggolan, who has been starring for Roma this term.

The Reds were linked with him as recently as yesterday, with reports at the end of last year stating that the Merseysiders were readying a £20 million bid for the 26-year-old.

The Belgium international’s ownership is shared between the capital city side and Cagliari, but it looks like the combative midfielder will be staying at the Stadio Olimpico.

Cagliari sporting director Francesco Marroccu has stated that the two Serie A clubs have an excellent relationship and that negotiations over Nainggolan’s full ownership being transferred to Roma had begun.

“The Nainggolan affair will see us play a protagonist role, in fact we're already at the negotiating table,” the director told Sardegnasport.com.

“I think we'll find a deal that will be satisfactory for everyone.”

Both Davide Astori and Victor Ibarbo are also on loan at Roma from Cagliari.

Nainggolan’s excellent form has made up for Kevin Strootman’s absence through injury, with the 26-year-old starting 16 Serie A games this season and scoring three goals.

Although Jordan Henderson is expected to play a more pivotal role when Gerrard departs for LA Galaxy in the summer, Brendan Rodgers will surely have an eye on summer additions, with Nainggolan someone who has the attributes to fit the bill.

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