21 Feb 2015

'The Ninja' to Anfield? LFC chase exciting €40m playmaker who can 'do everything'

Liverpool are once again being linked with a summer move for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who is also reportedly wanted by Manchester United.

Last week, reports claimed that Anfield scout Barry Hunter had 'brought Nainggolan to the attention' of Brendan Rodgers, and according to Friday's edition of Italian Newspaper Tutto Mercato:

* Liverpool and Man Utd are interested in signing Nainggolan.

* Roma value the Belgian at €40m.

* Nainggolan wants a €3m-a-year salary.

Some info about Nainggolan nicknamed 'the Ninja' in Italy:

* Box-to-box midfielder who can play as a DM.
* 5 goals/8 assists in 50 apps for Roma.
* Goal/assist every 3.8 games.
* Rarely injured; only one (minor) injury in the last 5 years.
* 8 appearances for the Belgium national team.
* Current contract expires in 2018.

* Models his game on several top-class midfielders. In a recent interview, he explained: "I liked Gattuso's determination; Xavi's technical ability and Vidal's timing in the tackle. My team-mate Keita is spectacular as well"

* Is also a fan of Brazilian legend Ronaldinho: "As a youngster I played as an attacking midfielder and I watched a lot of Ronaldinho, who was a really decisive player back then"

* On his role in the Roma team: "You can't play football without self-confidence. I like my role because it allows me to do everything - defend, create and finish off moves".

With Steven Gerrard leaving; Lucas increasingly injury prone, and Allen unable to hold down a regular first team place, reinforcements are clearly needed in the middle of the field. Is Nainggolan a viable option?



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