Monday, October 18, 2021

Report: Liverpool flattered ‘phenomenal’ £26m ace, now Tottenham target’s made a decision

Lorenzo Pellegrini is increasingly likely to sign a new contract with Roma after the reported Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur target met the Serie A side on Tuesday, per Sky Italia.

The Italian has just nine-months remaining on his current terms at the Stadio Olimpico, but sees his future in Rome. The Giallorossi also feel their future is with the 25-year-old, who has become the indisputable leader of Jose Mourinho’s side.

Pellegrini and his agent, Giampiero Pocetta, are now close to agreeing the terms of a new deal after meeting with Roma on Tuesday afternoon. They spoke for less than an hour, yet took decisive steps towards a renewal with some potential hurdles ironed out.

Pocetta wanted to restructure the previous make-up of Pellegrini’s proposed new €4m-a-year (£66.5k-p/w) salary discussed earlier this month. With the midfielder receiving more as a fixed payment, compared to the variable bonuses proposed by the Serie A side.

The deal agreed on Tuesday convinces Roma CEO Tiago Pinto to green light Pellegrini’s new contract. But Giallorossi owner Dan Friedkin holds the key to his future in Rome. Unlike previous owner James Pallotta, Friedkin does not allow his chiefs unconditional authority.

But while Friedkin has the last say, Liverpool and Tottenham target Pellegrini’s future is at Roma, barring any late surprises. Sky Italia expect the Giallorossi captain will commit to a long-term deal imminently, with an agreement closer than ever before.

Pellegrini putting pen to paper will likely frustrate Liverpool and Tottenham, who courted his services this summer. Calciomercato reported in June that the Premier League rivals were ready to pay the €30m (£26m) release clause in his current contract.

Spurs potentially signing the 25-year-old thrilled some of the club’s fanbase. But the Reds’ interest flattered Pellegrini, per Corriere Dello Sport, although his focus was on a new deal.

What are Spurs and the Reds missing out on?

Luring Pellegrini away from Roma this summer would no doubt have thrilled Liverpool or Tottenham. The midfield general produced a magnificent campaign last term with 11 goals and nine assists in all competitions. And he already has six goals, two assists this season.

Mourinho is unlocking Pellegrini’s full potential after replacing Paulo Fonseca in charge of the Stadio Olimpico outfit this summer. Which was already high, with Roma icon Francesco Totti a huge advocate of his ability.

“I am not surprised by the development of Pellegrini,” Totti said, via DB Asia in 2019. “As I always know, Lorenzo is a phenomenal player. Now, everything depends on him to continue to be at this level.
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