United In Pursuit Of Roma Midfielder To Replace Fellaini

Roma players pose for the pre match photograph.

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According to Manchester Evening News, Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini is a primary target for Manchester United in order to replace the outgoing Marouane Fellaini.

The Belgian midfielder’s contract is set to expire this summer, and he could bolt to any other club as a free agent unless United are willing to meet his new wage demands.

Manchester United‘s strange season is the perfect recipe to cook up a particularly tumultuous summer transfer window. United finished second in the league, and made the FA Cup final.

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It really isn’t a disappointing season by the looks of it, but the gap between them and runaway Premier League champions Manchester City is wide enough for them to have to upgrade their roster significantly to close it.

Jose Mourinho’s playing style came under intense criticism all season long. The lack of trophies to back it up increases the pressure on him from the management all the more to deliver this go-around.

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Mourinho does seem to still have the backing of his bosses, but his squad is something that will require a facelift in all 3 areas of the pitch. The future of De Gea in goal is also not a certainty, given the speculated interest from Real Madrid.

Anthony Martial has been heavily linked with a move away following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window, while Marouane Fellaini’s contract is up, and it would not be wise to bring him back given his obvious limitations.

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Pellegrini was an important squad member this campaign for Roma. The capital-based club played exceedingly well for a 3rd-place finish in the Serie A, and made it to the Champions League semi-finals by overcoming a 3-goal deficit against Barcelona in the quarterfinal stages.

This inflates the young midfielder’s asking price beyond the 9 million pounds Roma paid to acquire him from Sassuolo.

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