Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini has spoken about the situation of Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan, reiterating that the Rossoblu still hope to sign the 33-year-old.

Speaking in a press conference, reported by, the President stated that he is hopeful that a deal can be completed for Nainggolan soon, despite the fact that he could not arrive in time to start with the club’s pre-season training camp.

Nainggolan spent the second half of last season on loan with the Rossoblu, helping Leonardo Semplici’s side avoid relegation, and the Sardinian club are keen to make the move permanent, which would also be the player’s preference.

However, so far negotiations between the clubs regarding the sale have not reached their end, with finances thought to be the main reason that no agreement has been reached.

The Nerazzurri hope to get the deal done in order to offload the Belgian’s substantial wages, and as the Cagliari president make clear, so do the Rossoblu, though negotiations still have to go on:

“Contracts this important are today evidently anachronistic, especially after the financial hit all clubs took this past season. It is a negotiation that goes on, it would have been nice to have Radja at the beginning of the pre-season training retreat, but we still hope he can reach this retreat eventually.”