Transfer News: Manchester United Will Rival Chelsea for Star Midfielder

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sent scouts to watch Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan and is considering fighting Chelsea to sign him, according to reports.

The Belgian midfielder was the subject of interest for Chelsea throughout the summer, but the move never materialized and Antonio Conte ended up signing Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Nainggolan remains on the club’s radar for when the transfer window reopens, but the 29-year-old is also now a target for United and Mourinho, according to The Sun.

The Manchester United manager, the report says, sent his scouts to go and watch Nainggolan during Roma’s Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid earlier this month.

But they also had an eye on two players in the red and white of Madrid, with Mourinho a long-term admirer of both Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez.

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Griezmann has a buy-out clause of £88 million (about $117 million) and reports suggest United will activate it next summer, while midfielder Niguez is also expected to cost around £85 million.

Both players featured in the Champions League last night, in a 2-1 defeat to Conte’s Chelsea at the Wanda Metropolitano, the first time Atletico has been beaten at home by English opposition.

Griezmann opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Alvaro Morata, Chelsea's shiny new striker from Real Madrid, equalized and Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to grab the winner in injury time.

Mourinho and Conte Jose Mourinho, left, and Antonio Conte at Old Trafford, Manchester, April 16. Shaun Botterill/Getty

Mourinho would not have been watching the game, however, as his United team was in Russia in its own group stage tie against CSKA Moscow.

Romelu Lukaku grabbed two, Anthony Martial scored from the spot, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan put United four ahead before the hour mark. United and Chelsea both put in performances into impress Nainggolan.

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