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United set an eye firmly on Italy and Roma midfielder.

Manchester United are prepared to double the salary of Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini.

Jose Mourinho has set his sights firmly on the 22-year-old Italy international who is having an impressive start to the season and wants a January to swoop for the midfielder. Manchester United are ready to double Lorenzo Pellegrini’s salary, so Roma are desperately trying to remove the €30m release clause.

According to the Corriere dello Sport,  a meeting in London between agent Giampiero Pocetta and  Manchester United directors on Saturday saw a huge proposal put forward.

Not only would the Premier League giants be prepared to pay the €30m release clause in his contract, but also double his current salary of €1m per year until June 2022.

Director of Sport Monchi does not want to lose another talent in midfield, having already sold Radja Nainggolan to Inter and Kevin Strootman to Olympique Marseille this summer.

Instead, he is entering intensive negotiations to discuss a new contract, one that would remove the €30m release clause, or at the very least increase it significantly.

But, Lorenzo Pellegrini’s agent has played down talk of the Giampiero Pocetta midfielder joining Manchester United in January.

He told Corriere dello Sport, “Manchester United? I’m sorry that rumours have spread about financial aspects relating to him and his teammates, it doesn’t matter for Lorenzo.”

The 22-year-old midfielder has a £27million release clause in his current deal, which can be activated at the end of the season.

Author’s take:

Pellegrini is having a fine season with the Serie A side and has two goals and five assists to his name already. As per reports, his agent Pocetta has dismissed the talks with United and insisted Pellegrini’s focus remains on Roma.


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