AS Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini considering Saudi Arabia switch

AS Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini is thought to be considering a move to the Saudi Pro League after his recent struggles for form and fitness in Serie A with the Giallorossi.

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AS Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini could be set for a shock exit from his boyhood club in January or at the end of the season, as teams in Saudi Arabia push to convince him to leave Serie A.

According to Corriere dello Sport, and as reported by Tuttomercatoweb, the Giallorossi captain is contemplating a deal that would see him move to the Saudi Pro League by the end of the European season in June, but possibly even as soon as next month.

The Italy Men’s National Team international has received several proposals from Saudi clubs and his entourage are currently weighing up the approaches, with a departure from the Stadio Olimpico far from ruled out.

AS Roma players Romelu Lukaku, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Paulo Dybala celebrate. (@ASRomaEN)

Pellegrini struggling for form

Pellegrini has endured a difficult season with Roma and has seen his campaign blighted by injuries and poor form, whilst he also struggled last term to make a significant impact for his hometown club. The former Sassuolo man shone in his first season under Jose Mourinho in 2021-22, but his influence has dwindled since.

Meanwhile, his relationship with supporters is reported to be at an all-time low and Pellegrini is no longer considered an unsellable asset to the club, making a departure more tolerable to the fanbase.

Lorenzo Pellegrini trains. (@OfficialASRoma)

Saudi clubs ready to match Pellegrini’s wages

Currently earning €5 million per year at Roma, Pellegrini‘s wages are thought to be unattainable at other European clubs given his disappointing form and lack of consistent fitness, but Saudi clubs would be able to match, and indeed, raise his salary.

Roma, for their part, would be expecting a significant transfer fee for a player who came through their youth academy and is tied to a contract that runs until June 2026, with a starting point likely to be in excess of €25m.

Pellegrini has scored 44 goals in 248 appearances for Roma in all competitions and helped the Lupi lift the inaugural Europa Conference League in 2022.

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