Twitter: AS Roma is pushing Lorenzo Pellegrini to sign the new contract. The Italian midfielder wants €4.5m per season.… https://t.co/SPlqCgk6fx (@Transferzone00)
The report claims that the 24-year-old is ‘flattered’ by the interest but may opt to stay in Roma and work under new manager Jose Mourinho.
Unsurprisingly any new deal would forgo any release clause in the same region – making the likelihood of any deal this summer for the 17-cap star difficult.
Recently withdrawing from the Italy squad with a muscle injury, Pellegrini enjoyed a breakthrough 2020/21 campaign at the Stadio Olimpico – making 47 appearances, scoring 11 goals and making nine assists.
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Valued at £36million and under contract currently until 2022 (Transfermarkt), signing the Italian midfielder for the existing release clause would have been brilliant business from the Reds.
Billed as a potential Gini Wijnaldum replacement, the deal would’ve left sufficient funds to further strengthen other areas of the squad whilst filling a huge void.
Whilst Liverpool will no doubt continue to monitor the contract talks and swoop if plausible, the possibility of an extension is a blow to Jurgen Klopp’s plans.