Chelsea fans will no doubt have come across stories this week linking Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan with a move to Stamford Bridge.
On Wednesday the stories seem to have been stepped up a notch in the media, however the facts behind the story seem to be open to interpretation depending on which media source you follow.
The differences between the supposed facts also lends itself to the counter belief that media have no clue of what’s really going on behind the scenes, and they are making stories up as they go along.
The general outline of the rumour is that Chelsea’s incoming boss Antonio Conte is a huge fan of the Belgium international, and Nainggolan is set to become Chelsea’s newest box to box midfielder.
According to the Star – who we all know can’t be trusted – Chelsea have agreed a five year deal with Nainggolan already. The add that Chelsea will pay £28m for the player.
The Daily Mail also believe the deal is set to materialise, although Chelsea are set to pay ‘just’ £26m according to their sources. They add:
Sources close to Nainggolan believe the deal will be completed before Euro 2016, after which the 27-year-old will join up with his new club for pre-season.
The London Evening Standard are also standing behind the story, however they say the Blues need to fork out 31 million pounds to complete the signing, while adding:
Chelsea are prepared to offer a five-year deal and a significant pay-rise which will see him at least match the £70,000-a-week Nemanja Matic receives.