Ahead of the January transfer window opening, Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow, with Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan turning down a move to the Anfield club.
Liverpool have lined up a huge £22 million move for the talented midfielder, making him one of their priorities to sign in the January window.
Reports from Italy, however, imply that the Belgian international has decided against making the move to the Reds.
This comes despite the fact that Brendan Rodgers’ side are willing to double his pay packet by offering him a contract worth more than £60,000 a week.
Il Tempo is reporting that Nainggolan is more than happy to stay in Italy if his current club are willing to increase his current pay packet from £30,000 a week.
This will come as a hammer blow to Liverpool, who drew 2-2 with relegation threatened Leicester City at home on Thursday despite going two goals ahead.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is lining up a swoop for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan as he looks to improve his side’s fortunes in the second half of the campaign.
The Belgian international only moved to the capital city club this summer from Cagliari, and the minnows still own 50% of the 26 year old star.
Rodgers reportedly sees Nainggolan as the perfect player to improve his midfield, which has chopped and changed throughout the new season thus far.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino’s former side Cagliari have valued Nainggolan’s 50% share at around €15 million (£11.7m), according to Football Italia.
This means that an agreement could be reached for the rest of the player with Roma at the same sort of price.
Overall, this means that the Anfield club would probably pay around £22 million to capture the talented midfielder.
Rodgers is also thought to be keen on bringing another striker to the club, with a goalkeeper another priority.