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Chelsea offered transfer hope as uncertainty emerges over Roma duo’s future

Roma could reportedly be forced to consider selling one of Radja Nainggolan or Miralem Pjanic this summer due to financial limitations.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for one of the pair for months ahead of Antonio Conte’s arrival this summer, but have so far seen their interest dismissed by the Giallorossi.

However, that could change in the coming months as La Gazzetta dello Sport, as noted by Football Italia, have reported that Roma’s financial situation could force them into selling in order to balance their books this summer.

Their preferred plan is to sell youngsters such as Leandro Paredes, Antonio Sanabria and Umar Sadiq, along with cutting more senior players and loanees including the likes of Iago Falque, Adem Ljacic and Juan Iturbe.

If they are unable to do so, then that could put them in an uncomfortable position in which either Pjanic or Nainggolan would have to be sacrificed given the significant transfer fees that they would collect.

While Pjanic has yet to see any concrete bids be placed for his services ahead of next season, Chelsea are reportedly falling short of Roma’s valuation of Nainggolan after they reportedly made a €30m earlier this week.

However, Conte and his new employers could be buoyed by the on-going developments in the Italian capital, and it isn’t a new issue for Roma.

The likes of Marquinhos and Erik Lamela have been sacrificed in previous years in order to reduce the club’s deficits and get them in a strong financial position, and this time round it is looking more likely that it will have to be either Nainggolan or Pjanic who serve the same purpose.

Conte will arrive at Stamford Bridge after Euro 2016 and will be keen to immediately get his plans in place ahead of his first season in charge at Chelsea, and those plans could yet involve his preferred targets.

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