Roma are working on a new contract for Liverpool and Tottenham target Lorenzo Pellegrini that would remove a release clause from the midfielder’s current deal, per Calciomercato.
Pellegrini is one of several players who are now in the final year of their contracts at the Stadio Olimpico. But the Giallorossi have no interest in letting the midfielder leave, and are instead working on extending his deal.
Jose Mourinho has also decided Pellegrini will captain Roma during his first year in charge of the Serie A side. Paulo Fonseca had dabbled with the 25-year-old as his on-field leader at the start of last term, before permanently handing the Italian the armband in January.
As well as his leadership, Pellegrini earned vast transfer interest after offering 11 goals and nine assists in all competitions. His efforts were enough to rank fourth in Roma’s goal chart and second for assists, with the third-most goal involvements.
Liverpool, Tottenham, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain are among the clubs to have shown an interest in Roma star Pellegrini. Now, the Giallorossi want to remove the fear that one could trigger his release clause by removing the option from his contract entirely.
Roma CEO Tiago Pinto has already spoken with Pellegrini’s agent, Giampiero Pocetta, to discuss removing the release clause and wants to meet again as soon as possible. That is hardly surprising as Corriere dello Sport recently noted he’s flattered by Liverpool’s interest.
Liverpool and Tottenham are also ready to trigger the £25m release clause in Pellegrini’s current Roma contract, per Calciomercato. So, talks between the Stadio Olimpico hierarchy and Pocetta may need a positive resolution soon.
Roma deal Liverpool and Tottenham bad news over Pellegrini transfer
Roma working on removing the release clause from Pellegrini’s contract will come as bad news for Tottenham and Liverpool. Both Premier League sides would have loved to pay just £25m for a player of the midfielder’s quality.
Sure, Pellegrini is still a hot-headed type after amassing 11 yellow cards last season, but his rise has been incredible. He is now pulling the strings and offering a goal threat at the Stadio Olimpico from any central midfield position.
Pellegrini also has the support of Roma great Francesco Totti, who once waxed lyrical over the Liverpool and Tottenham target. He said, via DBAsia: “I am not surprised by the development of Pellegrini. As I always know Lorenzo is a phenomenal player.”