Manchester United have shown interest in signing Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, Corriere Dello Sport are reporting. The report further adds that the Mancunians are in the driver’s seat, after having already met with his agent in London.
Pellegrini is currently earning £35,000-a-week at Roma, and the Red Devils are willing to pay double that salary in order to prise him away from the Italian capital and bring him to the red half of Manchester.
The midfielder even has a £27m release clause in his contract, which United are hoping will be triggered, as it will allow them to secure a deal at the earliest.
Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are among the players rumored to be heading out of Old Trafford in the near future, and manager Jose Mourinho is keen on replacing the Spanish duo with some real quality in the center of the park – an area that Pellegrini knows all too well.
The Italian already has two goals and five assists this season for Roma, and is the kind of player who could fit well into a Mourinho squad, allowing the attacking players to get forward and make some passes for them. But United will know that signing him up as early as January won’t be all that simple.
Roma want to tie down the 22-year-old to a contract that ensures he will keep providing the goods for his team, and would be unwilling to sell such an important talent without having the necessary personnel to fill in where Pellegrini plays.
Selling mid-season would be unlike the side which has been historically known to have loyal players like Daniele De Rossi and the legendary Francesco Totti.
The added factor is that Roma sold Radja Nainggolan and Kevin Strootman in the summer, and are already short of options in the midfield area of the pitch.