According to reports in The Sun, prospective new Arsenal manager Luis Enrique wants to make AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, rated at £40.5m by Transfermarkt, his first signing if he is named as Arsene Wenger’s successor this summer.
Well, The Sun says that the former Barcelona boss is the favourite to replace Wenger when he steps down after 22 years in charge this summer, and he wants a £200m transfer budget to perform a major overhaul of the squad.
The Sun says that the Spaniard, whom the majority of Arsenal fans want as their new manager according to our poll, is planning a major shake-up of the goalkeeping, defensive and midfield positions, and that Nainggolan is one of his leading targets.
The Belgium international, who turns 30 years of age next week, has scored four goals and provided a further nine assists in 38 appearances in all competitions for the Serie A giants.
While his side suffered a 5-2 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie on Tuesday night, the midfielder was still one of his side’s standout performers, and he picked up the assists for both of their goals as his cross was swept home by Edin Dzeko, before he won a penalty when his effort was handled by James Milner.
He certainly could be, yes.
If Wilshere goes this summer then the Gunners will need a player with a bit of bite and quality on the ball in the middle of the park, and Nainggolan would certainly provide that.
His arrival would certainly show a change of direction when it comes to the previous recruitment under Arsene Wenger however, who preferred to sign younger players with potential.
The fact that the Belgian will be 30 years of age hints that Enrique wants experience over youth in order to get short-term results, and that is something Arsenal fans may like as for far too long they have been a team that has had that potential, but has failed to deliver.