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Chelsea’s lack of European football seems to be hurting them in the transfer market this summer. The club has been pursuing AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan for most of the transfer window and now the chase seems have reached its dead end.
The 28 year old has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea ever since the onset of transfer window and with his impressive performance for Roma and Belgium it is not difficult to see why. He had signed a contract extension just last year at Roma and obviously would demand a high transfer fee to make any move possible.
However in spite of relentless pursuit and reportedly two offers, Nainggolan now looks set to remain at Roma after he openly declared his intention to stay at the club. In the recent interview on Thursday the midfielder said, “I met with Sabatini and everything went well, I am staying at Roma.”. This comes as a major blow to Chelsea who were hoping to sign the player with a third bid. However reports from several media suggest that the Blues are yet to give up despite the comment from the player.