Antonio Conte’s arrival at Chelsea after the Euro’s this summer, is expected to coincide with an influx of Serie A players to the London club.
Roma club president James Pallotta appears pretty clear that he will not be selling two of his best players this summer:
“I already said that we won’t sell Pjanic and Nainggolan. I still want to see them with Roma’s jersey,” said Pallotta in an interview to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The English press however are convinced that a deal for Nainggolan has already been agreed on with Chelsea reportedly paying £28m (€35m) for Nainggolan, who has agreed to sign a five-year-contract at Stamford Bridge.
But Conte is not stopping with Nainggolan as he is also thought to be an admirer of Roma’s highly-rated midfielder Miralem Pjanic. According to reports Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has already spoken to Pjanic’s representatives, and the Blues were told to pay £31m, the player’s release clause to take him away from Rome.
While Pallotta does not want to sell both Pjanic and Nainggolan, giving the club’s parlous financial conditions I don’t know if the bankers would allow them to turn down a combined €75m.