Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini has sparked the interest of Tottenham Hotspur, with the North London club expected to monitor his progress in the coming weeks, as reported by The Athletic.
However, Spurs will be expected to meet his £25.6 million release clause if they are to pursue such a deal.
Tottenham Hotspur Set to Monitor Roma Midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini
Lorenzo Pellegrini and His Career to Date
Born in Rome, Pellegrini progressed through Roma’s academy system, eventually graduating and making his senior debut in 2015 during a 1-0 win over Cesena.
At the end of his first campaign in senior football, fellow Serie A club Sassuolo secured his services for €1.25 million. But, I Giallorossi insisted on a buy-back clause, meaning that they could re-sign their young midfielder in the future.
And, after two years that is exactly what Roma did. During his time at Sassuolo, he made 54 appearances and particularly shone in the 2016/17 campaign, registering six goals and four assists in 34 games across all competitions.
Since signing back, Pellegrini has been a main-stay in Roma’s side, and should he remain with the Italian club, he would have ex-Spurs manager Jose Mourinho to impress following his summer arrival.
Spurs Are Not Prioritising a Midfielder
Despite registering interest in the central midfielder, The Athletic’s report states that the midfield area is not an area of prioritisation for the time being.
Instead, Tottenham are spending the early stages of this transfer window pondering over defensive reinforcements.
The same Athletic Report suggests that Norwich City’s Max Aarons and Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu are two possible answers to the club’s persistent problems at right-back, whilst Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar and Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard, are all options as Spurs intend to bring at least one more centre-back to North London.
Attacking reinforcements is something that is expected to drag on this summer. The future of Harry Kane will play an integral part to how Spurs will recruit in forward positions ahead of the upcoming campaign.