Everton are reportedly linked with a move for Roma ace Lorenzo Pellegrini this summer.
Another link to Carlo Ancelotti’s home country has emerged in recent reports, as Italian football expert Nico Schira (via Vital Football) has claimed Everton want to sign the midfielder.
The Blues are reportedly willing to activate Pellgrini’s €30million (£26.7m) release clause and will pay in two instalments of €15m to bring him to Goodison.
The 23-year-old is a very eye-catching transfer target for any team who wants to bolster their midfield and add some extra creativity to their attack. Pellegrini has had an impressive season from the middle of the park this season, scoring three goals and assisting 11 across all competitions for Roma (via Transfermarkt).
Should Everton sign Lorenzo Pellegrini this summer?
The playmaker has only ever experienced Serie A football – rising through Roma’s academy before he was snapped up by Sassuolo, then returning to his boyhood club for £8.7m in 2017 (via Daily Mail). Pellegrini, now valued at £28.8m, would be a very attractive asset to Everton’s current squad and he could fancy a move to the English top flight.
Only two goals and two assists have come from Everton’s midfield in the Premier League this season, which simply isn’t good enough for a side looking to challenge for Europe. Ancelotti’s inherited options in the middle of the park are stagnant and an upheaval is due if the Italian wants to continue his positive form so far.
With the addition of a young feeder in midfield like Pellegrini, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin can enjoy more goals being provided for them without overworking themselves to create opportunities. The 23-year-old’s strengths have been identified as high pressing and playmaking, with no significant areas of weakness (via Sofascore).
With Everton’s proposed payment method of two instalments, securing Pellegrini’s signature isn’t going to dent the bank too much and is quite frankly a very good deal for a young player with so many goal contributions.
Former Roma players have come to the Premier League and flourished in their careers, Mohamed Salah is one example of this, and Pellegrini has every chance of following the same route. Under a manager like Ancelotti, the Italian could really make a name for himself.
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