After experiencing a less than successful season, the upcoming summer transfer window must now take on even more significance for Chelsea and the notoriously wealthy money-men behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.
The amount of high profile names to subsequently be linked with an illustrious move to the Blues in recent weeks therefore comes as very little surprise. Roma’s Radja Nainggolan is one of the big names on ‘the list’, and if the Belgian’s recent form in Serie A is anything to go by, perhaps the Chelsea supporters have genuine reason for excitement ahead of the new domestic season after all.
So then, although his current employers would clearly want to hold onto the 27–year-old defensive midfielder, should Chelsea now do everything within their power to land him, or is there more to this seemingly straight-forward transfer rumour than initially meets the eye?
Well, after proving somewhat of a revelation down at the Stadio Olimpico in recent seasons, Nainggolan is rapidly developing into one of the most sought-after talents across the entire European footballing scene.
Via his tough-tackling approach in the middle of the park, never-say-die attitude in tight situations and admirable qualities when breaking up play and allowing his more technically gifted team-mates to do the business just ahead of him, this is one player most Premier League sides would definitely love to have on board.
Nainggolan’s tireless efforts in the heart of Roma’s midfield have subsequently allowed the battler to really establish himself as a mainstay for Belgium, even though manager Marc Wilmots has several other recognisable midfield options at his disposal alongside the in-form box-to-box operator.
The former Piacenza and Cagliari star certainly wouldn’t represent the cleanest player to make his mark on the Premier League should he eventually join up with Chelsea this summer, however, for although every player seemingly needs to portray a certain sense of toughness within their overall game, Nainggolan has admittedly been known to overstep the mark on more than the odd occasion.
But, maybe that is just the kind of character Chelsea need right now. For everything Nainggolan lacks in elegance and discipline, he more than makes up for with his obvious passion and ability to play the game with his heart worn firmly on his sleeve.
Several high profile Blues stars have failed to assert this season when all is said and done, and as this is the fan base that initially welcomed in Diego Costa’s childish – yet often rather effective – tactics on a week-to-week basis last season, someone of Nainggolan’s spiky nature may go down well.
In the end, this is a player the Stamford Bridge hierarchy must seriously consider landing in the not too distant future. The midfielder in question may not quite be worthy of the reported £35m price-tag doing the rounds in certain reports, but as such a substantial sum remains far from confirmed right in the here and now,so the Blues shouldn’t be put off signing this in-form Serie A star for financial reasons.
If Chelsea really want to improve upon their current fortunes next season, then a player of Radja Nainggolan’s heart and determination could provide the Blues with the perfect next step in the right direction.