Chelsea target given farcical €45m price-tag to ward off interest

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Roma have reportedly placed a €45m price-tag on midfielder Radja Nainggolan in a bid to put off the likes of Juventus and Chelsea this summer.

As reported by The Guardian, Antonio Conte, who has long been touted as the man to be appointed the next Chelsea boss this summer, has placed the Belgian international on his list of transfer targets.

Given that the 27-year-old has impressed since arriving in the Italian capital from Cagliari in January 2014 and has grown into a fundamental player for the Giallorossi, it is no surprise that he has attracted interest from around Europe.

However, Roma have done their best to dismiss suggestions that they would entertain offers by reportedly slapping a hefty €45m price-tag on him, according to Tuttosport, as reported by Football Italia.

The 27-year-old signed for the Italian giants in an €18m deal just over two years ago, and there is a perfectly legitimate argument to suggest that his value has risen given his performances, improvement and experience of playing in the Champions League.

Nevertheless, to suggest that it has made such a significant jump is not realistic, and in that sense Roma evidently have no desire to sell and are merely just attempting to put other teams off ramping up their interest in signing the Belgian star.

The combative midfielder would seemingly be a perfect fit for the Premier League, as his tenacity, work-rate and ability on the ball would see him excel playing at a tempo such as that seen in England on a weekly basis.

As a result, it is perhaps no surprise that Conte would want to take him to Stamford Bridge if he is indeed confirmed as the next Chelsea boss. However, it doesn’t appear as though the Italy coach will get his wish, as Roma continue to dig their feet in and do their best to ensure that Nainggolan remains at the Stadio Olimpico for the foreseeable future.

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