AS Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, 22, is the current object of their desire with the Giallorossi eager to tie the midfielder down to a new deal. His contract contains a release clause of just €30m.
After breaking through at Sassuolo following a €1.25m from the Stadio Olimpico, Roma exercised their buy-back option in 2017 and Pellegrini quickly cemented himself into the Giallorossi starting line-up. It proved a pivotal year for the midfielder. He made his full Italy debut during the disastrous 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and has since won a further eight caps.
United’s interest has been relayed to Pellegrini’s advisors, as well as the offer to double his €1m per year salary. His agent Giacomo Pocetta is believed to have met key Old Trafford directors at the weekend to discuss a potential move.
Not that a move is guaranteed. Pellegrini is under contract until 2022 with Roma’s sporting director Monchi eager to keep the midfielder. The club lost key players Radja Nainggolan and Kevin Strootman to Internazionale and Marseille last summer, a series of events they will be keen to avoid in 2019.
The former Sevilla wizard is keen to open negotiations on a new deal for Pellegrini with the release clause significantly increased. Whether United’s intervention will cause Roma’s bank manager palpitations remains to be seen.