AS Roma midfielder ready to ‘fight’ for regular football amid Arsenal interest

AS Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini has supposedly surfaced as a potential transfer target of Arsenal’s recently as Unai Emery continues to construct and mould a squad of his own in north-London, however the driven midfielder’s evidently ready to fight for supremacy in the centre of the park at the Serie A outfit, despite the Gunners’ alleged interest.

The former US Sassuolo Calcio man, who in fact graduated from Roma’s youth ranks, moved to the Stadio Olimpico last summer and is capable of deputising a range of roles in the middle of the park, be it defensively or offensively, making him an effective, dexterous protagonist.

At 22-years-old, Pellegrini is still very much learning his trade and continuity is undoubtedly vital to his progression, and though a jump to the Premier League may be tantalising to some, the fledgling Italian’s ultimately raring to retain his place in his current employer’s fold.

“I am not thinking of leaving, I know Roma have signed many players in midfield but competition doesn’t scare me. Pastore can play in my position but I will continue to fight and give my best to get as much game time as I can.” He said to Ansa – via Calciomercato – prior to Roma’s pre-season regime.

“I believe we can win the scudetto. We’ve already signed many players but other clubs have done the same. The season will be very long and we want to achieve better results than last season. We need to improve as a team.” He added.

Pellegrini has a €31m release clause in his standing contract at Roma, and in order to presumably fend off the likes of Arsenal in particular, it’s believed that his agent could meet the club’s hierarchy in the not so distant future to carve out a possible extension.

Fellow central midfielder Lucas Torreira, of UC Sampdoria, has also been touted for a summer switch to the Emirates and it’s been said that the tireless enforcer, who competed at the 2018 World Cup in Russia for Uruguay, could become an Arsenal player imminently, now that his nation have been eliminated from the tournament following a 2-0 loss at the hands of France on Friday in the quarter-finals.

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