With domestic European football paused at the moment to enable the first ever winter World Cup to take place out in the Qatari temperatures, transfer news and speculation has obviously increased in recent weeks and Roma continue to play their part in that, with rumours about the future of 26 year old Lorenzo Pellegrini hitting the news wires again.
Back last month, a report from English newspaper The Telegraph claimed that Chelsea were “looking at” the player as a potential back-up plan for replacing England international Mason Mount, should the 23 year old not commit to a new contract and ultimately renew his deal at Stamford Bridge. Given you can get £10 free no deposit casino UK offers amongst others, for those who like a flutter, Mount’s future might be a nice gamble.
However, it would undoubtedly take an incredible offer from the Blues to get Jose Mourinho to sign off on selling one of his most relied-upon players plus his team’s captain.
Since the Special One’s arrival, Pellegrini has made 59 appearances in all competitions, collecting 18 goals and 15 assists during this period.
The Italian is at the heart of the Giallorossi’s attack alongside Tammy Abraham and star summer signing Paulo Dybala—a tandem that Mourinho would have very little interest in breaking up.
Though, the capital club were one of the four Italian sides to be recently punished by UEFA due to breach of Financial Fair Play regulations.
The club quickly reached a settlement agreement with Europe’s governing football body and accepted to pay an immediate €5 million fine and agreed to remain in accordance with UEFA’s earnings requirements.
As a result, they could decide to cash-in on the homegrown midfielder given the huge transfer sum he’d command. Pellegrini has attracted interest throughout Europe and isn’t short of suitors, meaning the Blues could potentially face a bidding war should they decide to officially pursue the player.
With 23 caps to his name for the Italian international, it is very fresh in the mind that he only signed a new and improved five year deal back in October 2021 and with a reported £106,000 a week wage, not only would the transfer fee have to be breath taking for any kind of agreement to struck, he would also command a significant investment on a salary front.
Further playing in Roma’s favour here, on top of his boyhood ties, is simply the fact he wears the captains armband and skippers the side – which will be an incredibly increased sense of pride for him that he will not want to lose, potentially, regardless of what kind of money is on offer given the riches of his current deal.
It may, however, still be a story to watch as time goes by.