Liverpool are considering a summer move in signing AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, according to the Telegraph.
The 26-year-old has been a regular inclusion for Rudi Garcia's side, especially after Kevin Strootman spent most part of this season on the sidelines. The Dutchman picked up another injury and in his absence, Nainggolan has been the key player in the midfield for the Italian club.
The Belgium international has made 25 appearances in the league, scoring three goals and managing an assist in the process. Nainggolan is co-owned by Roma and Cagliari. Any potential move will only be possible if these two clubs come to an agreement.
Brendan Rodgers will lose his captain Steven Gerrard at the end of the season. The former England international has decided to end his Anfield career and has already signed a pre-contract agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS) side LA Galaxy.
Liverpool are in search of a replacement for Gerrard and the Northern Irishman has set his sights on Nainggolan as a possible replacement for the Reds' star.
The Merseyside club's league rivals Manchester United were reportedly interested in making an approach for the midfielder in January. However, the deal did not take shape as Louis van Gaal's side failed to sign either Nainggolan or Strootman in the mid season transfer window.
Liverpool could face competition from the 20-times English champions in securing the services of the player. The Telegraph claims United are still keen on landing the Roma midfielder and could make an approach for Nainggolan after the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Nainggolan has also given an encouragement for Liverpool and United after admitting there is a 50% chance he could leave Roma in the summer.
"Will I stay at Roma? At the moment there's a 50 per cent chance," Nainggolan told Gazzetta dello Sport as quoted by Sky Sports.
"However, I'm not worried as there's still time. Roma and Cagliari have to find an agreement. I'm 100 per cent focused on Roma, it's a great club, a great team and a beautiful city to live in."