Radja Nainggolan cannot re-sign for Cagliari unless he accepts a reduced salary, a report in the Italian media warned today.

Tuttosport’s print edition confirmed Inter and Cagliari had failed to make progress in their talks over the midfielder when they met on Monday.

Inter are prepared to terminate Nainggolan’s contract, in order to offload his €3.6 million annual salary and an extra €500,000 due to the Belgian in image rights.

However, the Nerazzurri are not willing to give the 33-year-old a payoff when he leaves, which means Nainggolan would make greater salary demands of Cagliari.

Cagliari want to bring Nainggolan back to the club permanently, after he enjoyed a relatively successful six-month loan with Leonardo Semplici’s side in the 2020-21 season.

It seems the Rossoblu cannot afford his current wages, though, so Nainggolan would need to take a pay cut if he wants to stay in Sardinia.

Inter and Cagliari have not reached an agreement yet and it looks as if their talks are set to drag on for several weeks.