Arsenal to rival Manchester United for Lorenzo Pellegrini

The midfielder may be sold by Roma in order to raise funds

Arsenal are expected to overhaul their side this summer after an underwhelming Premier League campaign this season. They finished 6th in the league and will miss the Champions League next season.

Unai Emery has been appointed as the new manager for the club and is likely to be very busy in the summer transfer window in order to strengthen the squad for the next season.

One of the key areas the Gunners need to resolve is their midfield, Santi Cazaorla have left the club after his contract expired and Aaron Ramsey’s future is still uncertain as he could be sold in order to raise funds which leaves them short in that area.

Roma starlet Lorenzo Pellegrini has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

Lorenzo joined the youth academy of the Serie A giants at the age of 9 but was sold to Sassuolo for a fee of €1.25 million in 2015 but the club retained a buy back clause.

Giallorossi exercised the buy back clause of €10 million and brought back the 21 year old on a 5 year deal last summer. He has been a regular this season for the club, scoring 3 goals and assisting 5 in 37 appearances in all competitions.

But Emery’s side could face competition from another Premier League club. Arsenal are ready to rival Manchester United in the race to sign Italy international Lorenzo Pellegrini, according to Metro.

Jose Mourinho has also prioritized signing a holding midfielder this summer as Micheal Carrick have retired from the club and will join Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff. Marouane Fellaini yet to agree on a new deal and likely to leave this summer.

The midfielder’s exit  may be necessary at the Stadio Olimpico to fund the arrival of Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante. The 23-year-old would be available for roughly €30 million, with Kevin Strootman also tipped to leave the club.

Lorenzo has a release clause of just £27 million.

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