In case you’d completely forgotten about it (which would be rather difficult), you’ll know Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were heavily linked with a move for Radja Nainggolan in the summer.
The Belgian midfielder was allegedly seen by Antonio Conte as the perfect man to help bolster his midfield, but Roma’s reluctance to let their star player go scuppered his plans.
Nainggolan kept himself to himself mostly throughout the saga, and a promise of a new contract seemed to convince him staying in Italy was the right move.
The problem is, that contract is yet to arrive.
As Gazzetta dello Sport report on Wednesday, the player is still waiting for his pay rise and contract extension, especially when he turned down better offers than what Roma can give him.
The Italian newspaper report that both Manchester United and Chelsea were ready to offer him €6m/year, while Roma, with a more limited budget, can only provide him with a wage of €4-5m/year.
A meeting is expected to take place on Wednesday between the club and the player’s agent, and an agreement could be reached with a wage + bonus deal that would se him earn more money, but still short of what he could have earned at Old Trafford, for example.
If that doesn’t work out, however, expect many, many stories to start emerging over the course of January and beyond, and you can be assured that both José Mourinho’s side and the Stamford Bridge contingent will be the clubs linked.