In what comes as a potential blow to Tottenham’s transfer hopes, one of the North London club’s rumoured targets, Lorenzo Pellegrini, has put pen to paper on a new contract with AS Roma.
It was alleged during the summer that Pellegrini was one of the names on Tottenham’s radar, with reports from Italy claiming the Lilywhites were ready to trigger the £25m release clause in his contract.
However, some sources indicated at the time that Jose Mourinho was keen to keep a hold of the 25-year-old and the former Spurs boss eventually got his wish as the player stayed put at the Stadio Olimpico.
It subsequently emerged that Roma were ready to double the midfielder’s salary to convince him to sign a new deal with the club.
This came despite the likes of Fabrizio Romano revealing (on the Here We Go podcast) that Fabio Paratici remained a big fan of the midfielder.
The Giallorossi have now confirmed that Pellegrini has committed his future to the club until 2026.
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I suspect one of the reasons we did not push harder for Pellegrini during the summer was that we heard from the player’s entourage that he is likely to stay in Rome and sign a new deal. Otherwise, one would have thought that Paratici would have been all over the deal, particularly considering the modest £25m release clause in his contract.
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