Pellegrini In Arsenal Sights
Arsenal are hoping to sign Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini. The 21-year-old has had an outstanding season with Roma who finished in third place in Serie A to qualify for the group stages of next season’s Champions League. They also reached the semi-finals of this season’s Champions League – their best showing in the competition since they were beaten finalists in 1984.
Pellegrini is a product of Roma’s academy system, but he was sold to Serie A rivals Sassuolo in 2015 for just £1million having made just one first-team appearance. But the transfer agreement contained a buyback clause allowing Roma to repurchase Pellegrini for a fixed fee of €10million and they exercised that clause last summer.
The midfielder made 36 appearances for Roma in all competitions in the 2017-18 season. That has brought him to the attentions of Arsenal although Manchester United and Juventus are also monitoring his situation.
Pellegrini has a release clause of €30million (£26million) – not sufficiently high enough to deter some of Europe’s top clubs.
Reports from Italy have suggested that Pellegrini’s representative Giampiero Pocetta was due to have talks with Roma sporting director Monchi on Thursday. Those talks were delayed after the agent decided to take stock of the situation. Monchi wants Pellegrini to sign a new, improved contract that would either increase the release clause or eliminate it altogether.
The general feeling in Pellegrini’s camp is that the player wants to remain with Roma. He has had just one good season with the club and he wants to develop on that. He is young – he turns 22 next month – and he has broken into the Italy national side this season.
It is Pellegrini himself – rather than his agent or Monchi – who is driving this. A move looks unlikely at present.