Arsenal wants midfielder deal done as 22-year-old could become 1st summer signing

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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.

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