The summer transfer window was far from satisfactory for Chelsea fans as manager Antonio Conte failed to sign major targets Romelu Lukaku, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and now, Radja Nainggolan. The Express report that the Italian had indeed tried to sign the Roma midfielder but a deal failed to materialise.
The Belgian played a major role in helping his side finish second in Serie A last season, scoring twelve times and assisting seven goals.
In a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League game against the Italian giants, he admitted:
“In the past, yes, we tried to buy him, “He’s a really good player. For me, one of the best midfielders. But he’s an opponent.”
The paper say Manchester United were also interested in Nainggolan but the Belgium international decided to pen a new contract with his current side.
These failings to sign the players previously mentioned has added to the friction between Conte and the Chelsea board who were already less than happy over the way Diego Costa ended up leaving the club.
Chelsea will play their match with Roma on Wednesday.