Serie A title-chasers Roma have beaten a number of rival clubs in the race to sign Radja Nainggolan from Cagliari, the Italian capital’s club said in a statement.
Roma will pay €3 million for Nainggolan to play the rest of the season on a temporary basis and €6m to sign midfielder on a permanent deal. His contract will run until 2018. Juventus, Milan and Napoli have all reportedly shown an interest in the Belgian international prior to him putting pen to paper with Roma.
Nainggolan, born in Belgium to an Indonesian father and Belgian mother, has played four times for his national side and is contention to be a part of his country’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in June.
It’s a good signing for Roma, as Nainggolan has been Cagliari’s second best player this season, with an average rating of 7.3 according to whoscored.com. His seven yellow cards this season illustrates that the Belgian will bring a bit of bite and physicality to the Roma midfield, while his 83.9% passing accuracy shows that he is more than a midfield destroyer.
The arrival of Nainggolan is expected to be bad news for US international Michael Bradley, who appears to be the odd man out in Rudy Garcia’s midfield. Look for the American to move somewhere else during the January transfer window.