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Antonio Conte already in meeting with Belgian transfer target, according to reports

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According to Italian network Sport Mediaset - via Football Italia - Chelsea's next manager Antonio Conte had a meeting with Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who has been linked with a Chelsea transfer next summer. The pair met in Rome's Grand Hotel last night following a fan event that Nainggolan attended, presumably so that Conte can convince the Belgian international midfielder to join him at Chelsea.

This report, which claims that Chelsea are offering €36 million for Nainggolan but Roma want at least €45 million, comes on the heels of recent rumors out of Germany that claim Bayern Munich are looking at Miralem Pjanic and are willing to meet his buyout price.  Roma could be forced to sell at least one of their two midfield stars - the need to raise at least €30 million to meet FFP regulations - but probably not both.

Midfield has been a glaring issue for Chelsea this season but with Chelsea regularly linked with midfield targets (even Pogba popped back up in various tabloids recently to the tune of €130m) and Conte supposedly holding talks with Nainggolan, it seems like we're heading full steam ahead into solving this problem.  And that should make us happy.

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