Man Utd will be encouraged by Roma director’s comments on box-to-box midfielder

Manchester United have reportedly received a boost in acquiring the services of Lorenzo Pellegrini from AS Roma this summer. The Italian only re-joined the Giallorossi from Sassuolo last summer and has since made 37 appearances across all competitions.

According to Calciomercato, the Reds have been given the go-ahead to sign Pellegrini after Roma sporting director admitted that the midfielder could be headed through the exit door.

He said: “There are some possibilities that we sell [Edin] Dzeko, [Kostas] Manolas or Pellegrini.”

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That said, it’s unlikely that Roma will sell all three or even two of those players. They reached the Champions League semi-finals last season and the aim for next season should be to get back there, which will be even more difficult if they persist with selling their best players.

A strange model for a football club.

As things stand at United, Fred will accompany Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic in midfield next season. There’s backup options available too, with Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Scott McTominay all fighting for minutes.

Herrera has been linked with a return to Spain this summer, as per the Daily Mail, but that doesn’t look likely to happen just yet.

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