Liverpool have reportedly made a £28.5m bid for Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini to replace the departed Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Reds are looking to rebuild their squad and challenge for the Premier League title once again and replacing Wijnaldum is one of their top priorities this summer.
Roma’s Pellegrini, 24, is also an Italy international and will be with the national team at the Euros this summer.
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claim the Reds have made their move with Pellegrini potentially adding to the attacking prowess that Liverpool will miss through Wijnaldum’s departure.
Pellegrini’s impressive form for Roma, combined with his young age and relatively low price, is expected to make him a suitable candidate for the Anfield side.
Pellegrini has just one year left on his contract at Roma.
They are his boyhood club, having joined them as a nine-year-old in 2005 and progressing through the youth ranks all the way to the first team.
Roma sold him to Sassuolo in 2015 to gain some experience but exercised their buy-back clause two years later – he’s been a permanent fixture in the side ever since.
Pellegrini made 151 appearances for the team since then, scoring 20 goals across all competitions.
He also earned his first Italy cap for the senior team in 2017, scoring two goals in 17 matches.
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According to Spanish reports, Barcelona are also interested in the Italian having missed out on Wijnaldum’s signature this year.
The Dutch midfielder was set for a move to Spain, but Paris Saint-Germain’s late approach convinced him of a move to Ligue 1, leaving Barcelona scrambling for another midfield option.
Roma will look to keep him at the club for a while, seeing as their entering a new era under Jose Mourinho.
They’re already lining up Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka to bolster their midfield, and keeping Pellegrini will be a big boost as they hope to return to the Champions League soon.