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Arsenal have made contact with Roma over the potential signing of Lorenzo Pellegrini, reports claim.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Gunners want to sign Italy midfielder Pellegrini – and they’re claimed to have already spoken to his agent about a summer transfer.
However, Roma want to tie Pellegrini down to a new deal and are in no hurry to sell the 22-year-old.
Arsenal want to a get a deal for Pellegrini over the line, nonetheless, but they want to pay his £27million transfer fee in two instalments to ensure Unai Emery’s limited budget is not decimated with one signing.
Pellegrini has been a central figure for Roma over the past two seasons after rejoining the club from Serie A rivals Sassuolo, and has gone on to make over 70 appearances for I Giallorossi. In that time, he’s also managed to make 10 appearances for the Italian senior side.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, as per the Mirror, Arsenal are closely monitoring Pellegrini and the Gunners have already fielded a call to the midfielder’s agent in an attempt to put a deal in motion.