Roma want to remove, if not raise, Pellegrini’s buyout clause

John Solano

Corriere della Sera (Valdiserri): The goal was to improve the quality of the midfield immediately and for the future, while finding the man who can be decisive. For this reason, Rome bought four trequartisti this summer – Javier Pastore, Bryan Cristante, Ante Coric and Nicolò Zaniolo. The best possible playmaker, however, Roma already had in-house: Lorenzo Pellegrini. Two extraordinary matches against Lazio and Viktoria Plzen have unleashed the talent of the Roman midfielder: goals, assists, mastery of set pieces, leadership, tackling, running. Lorenzo has a €30 million buyout clause that is still valid for the next two summers. Roma want to at least raise this if not completely remove it, but it will be necessary to discuss with his agent Giampiero Pocetta. The starting point would be increasing the player’s wages, which is now at €1.8 million, a figure that could easily attacked by Italian and foreign big clubs. Given the injury of Pastore, Pellegrini will have to work overtime against Empoli.

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