Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan is ready to leave the Giallorossi for Serie A rivals Inter, who will now begin the process of negotiating a deal for the Belgian.
The former Cagliari star has become an integral part of Roma’s first team since arriving at the Stadio Olimpico in January 2014, but appears willing to bring his time in the capital to a close and reunite with coach Luciano Spalletti in Milan.
La Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio met with Nainggolan’s agent, Alessandro Beltrami, and convinced the 30-year-old to make the switch, with Nainggolan feeling he has achieved all he can with Roma.
Indeed, the former Belgium international is keen to link up with Spalletti again after working under him last year at the Lupi, whilst also believing that he stands a better chance of lifting silverware at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
The Nerazzurri’s interest is concrete but they remain someway from agreeing a deal with Roma, who are holding out for €40 million and would prefer to sell their star man abroad, particularly China.
Inter are hopeful of landing Nainggolan for no more than €30m, and are ready to approach Roma with an opening offer of €25m plus youth team starlets Nicolo Zaniolo and Federico Valietti.
The priority remains clearing an outstanding €45m balance to meet Financial Fair Play regulations before 30 June, but once this is achieved Inter are prepared to focus on bringing in Nainggolan.