Chelsea have reportedly agreed a £28million deal with Roma for Belgium international midfielder Radja Nainggolan.
New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had made the 27-year-old midfield battler his No1 target and now believes he has got his man after negotiations in the past 48 hours looked fruitful.
Chelsea have held lengthy talks with Roma, the player and his representatives and feel they have now struck a deal to sign him this summer as they set about revamping the squad that has made such a horrible job of defending the Premier League title.
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Italy boss and former Juventus coach Conte is a huge admirer of Nainggolan’s and reckons his style of play is tailor-made for the Premier League.
Nainggolan is keen on the switch and has agreed a five-year deal, with Roma’s blessing, but there still remains some grey areas to trash before the deal becomes official.
And Roma are also not expected to announce the deal until after the end of the season, as the Serie A draws to a climax, with them just two points adrift of second place Napoli following their win on Monday.
There is expected to be massive changes to Chelsea’s playing staff ahead of next season, with Conte hoping to ring the changes that will restore them back to the summit of the Premier League and an instant return to the Champions League.