According to a recent report in The London Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Radja Nainggolan from AS Roma this summer.
Nainggolan is one of the best midfielders in Serie A, and he will certainly enhance Tottenham’s quality in the centre of the park.
But are Spurs punching above their weight in thinking that they can sign the Belgium international in the summer transfer window.
The major obstacle in Tottenham’s way is that Nainggolan is already at a big European club and will feature in the Champions League next season.
There is no discernible reason for the former Cagliari star to leave Roma and take a step down in his career to join Spurs.
The 27-year-old was a key figure in Roma’s successful 2014-15 campaign, in which they finished second in Serie A.
In 35 league matches, Nainggolan scored five goals, created 37 chances, had a pass accuracy of 87% and a shot accuracy of 44%, and won 17 headers, 41 dribbles and 69 tackles.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia will not want to lose Nainggolan this summer, and it would make no sense for the player to leave the Italian club and join Tottenham.
It would seemingly be a step down in his career, and for someone who is 27 the former Piacenza star wil certainly want to play at the very top level.
True, Tottenham can offer Nainggolan the chance to play in the Premier League, but so can Manchester United.
According to The Daily Mail, United want to sign the strong and powerful midfielder this summer.
Surely, Nainggolan would choose the Red Devils before Spurs. Not only can the Manchester outfit offer him the chance to play Champions League football, but they are also the biggest club of England and one of the biggest in the world.
If Tottenham are looking for a defensive midfielder this summer, then it may be wise of them to forget about Nainggolan and focus on players they have more of a realistic chance of signing.