According to reports, Inter Milan are interested in signing AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan this summer.
The hard-tackling midfielder scored six goals and registered 11 assists in 42 games across all competitions last season. Despite his fine exploits with Roma, Nainggolan was not included in Belgium’s World Cup squad.
Inter are considering a move for the Belgian ace but should Manchester United reignite their interest in the Roma midfielder this summer?
Nainggolan has consistently been linked with a transfer away from Roma. The Red Devils have been long-term suitors and given the situation, they must move quickly to hijack Inter’s £30million move for the midfielder.
Pogba has struggled to live up to his price tag since signing from Juventus in 2016. Given the amount of money United spent on bringing the Frenchman back to Old Trafford, Pogba is yet to impress.
A deal for Fred augurs well for Jose Mourinho but the Portuguese must move a step ahead and get Nainggolan from Roma. After all, Michael Carrick is set to join Mourinho’s backroom staff next season while Marouane Fellaini looks primed to depart Old Trafford this summer. While Fred would be the ideal player to fill in the boots of Carrick, Fellaini’s departure will create a hole which Mourinho should address before the start of the season.
That is where Nainggolan comes into the picture. Besides potentially replacing Fellaini, Nainggolan would add some much-needed bite and power to United’s midfield. The combative midfielder is a top-class tackler and is known for making decisive passes.
Nainggolan would bring about a robust flavour to the United midfield and that is something the Red Devils have lacked for the longest time. Defensively sound, the 30-year-old would be a great addition and should work wonders with either Nemanja Matic or Fred. In fact, slotting Nainggolan into a three-man midfield would see him carry the brunt of the defensive duties, simultaneously freeing Pogba to express himself in the attack.
United finished as the runners-up to champions Manchester City this past season but the gap between the two Manchester juggernauts was quite high. Mourinho faces the daunting task of restoring pride and prestige at Old Trafford and to do so, he would need solid financial backing from executive chairman Ed Woodward this summer.
With all that in mind, Mourinho must not hesitate to splash the cash on Roma’s Radja Nainggolan. Nainggolan would go a long way in fixing the club’s problems while adding a touch of swagger to make the club ready to challenge for the title next season.