Pedro has become the first player in 40 years to move directly between Roma and Lazio, with the rumoured Everton target even taking a pay cut to switch clubs, per Calciomercato.
The former Chelsea forward moved from one Stadio Olimpico outfit in Roma to another in their arch-rivals Lazio on Thursday. Pedro signed a three-year deal with the Giallorossi last summer, but new boss Jose Mourinho deemed him surplus to requirements.
Pedro has now joined Lazio on a free transfer, Sky Sports report, after Maurizio Sarri sought a reunion with his former Blues attacker. Roma ideally wanted to offload the winger to a foreign club. But he remains in Italy despite Everton showing an interest this summer.
Reports by Calciomercato linked Everton with a potential move to sign Pedro from Roma in May. But the Goodison Park outfit elected against lodging a bid, and their interest likely ended after Carlo Ancelotti’s departure. The Italian has a vast amount of respect for Pedro.
The allure of playing under Sarri again, after one season together at Chelsea, was seemingly substantial, too. Calciomercato now report Pedro has given up €1m-a-year (£850k) to join Lazio from Roma. Dropping his annual wage from €3.5m (£57.5k-p/w) to €2.5m (£41k-p/w).
Pedro can make back some of the 30% pay he has waved off with bonuses, but loses the guaranteed sum. The 34-year-old will now hope for a significantly influential season with Lazio, after scoring five and assisting four goals in 27 Serie A games for Roma last term.
The 65-cap Spain international scored twice and assisted three goals over 17 appearances under Mourinho at Chelsea across all competitions. He was marginally more productive with Sarri at the helm, netting 13 and assisting five in 52 outings, starting 36.
Will Everton regret not signing Pedro from Roma after his Lazio move?
While Ancelotti drove Everton’s interest in Pedro before the Spaniard left Roma for Lazio, the Toffees remained in the winger market with Rafa Benitez now at the helm. The Blues signed Andros Townsend on a free and Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen for £1.7m.
Everton would have likely faced some resistance from Pedro to leave Roma for the Premier League again. Sky Sports add that while the Giallorossi wanted to send him away from the Serie A, he would not have benefited from the tax breaks given in Italy.
Pedro was more productive in the Serie A last season than Townsend was for Crystal Palace in the Premier League. The new Everton forward, who assisted on his league debut, scored once and assisted five goals in 2020/21. Gray, meanwhile, scored once and assisted twice in 10 Bundesliga appearances for Leverkusen after leaving Leicester City in January.