It my five plus years of writing and stressing about Roma, I can’t quite recall a kid as loved and lusted for as much as Lorenzo Pellegrini. The born and bred Roma first joined up with the Giallorossi in 2005 at the tender age of nine, making his debut a decade later as a 19-year-old under Rudi Garcia. With a midfield stacked with veterans and players just entering their prime, Roma (somewhat short sightedly) saw no immediate future for Pellegrini, selling him onto Sassuolo in the summer of 2015.
The neat little caveat to that sale, as we’re all well aware, was a buyback clause, giving Roma first option on Zo (I’m just going to call him that), an option they appear hell bent on exercising. However, as we’re all too painfully aware, nothing is simple with this club, even when it’s in writing.
With Pellegrini’s profile on the peninsula growing rapidly, it didn’t take long for the usual suspects to come sniffing around, Roma’s buy back option be damned. With everyone from Juventus to Milan interested, the fine points of Roma’s deal with Sassuolo became subject of intense investigation.
Well, my friends, fret no more. Sky Sports Italia reports that today’s meeting between Sassuolo and Roma went swimmingly, and that Pellegrini should be back in Roma’s good graces in a matter of days, with the player reportedly signing the deal in Poland while on Azzurrini duty.
Now, don’t go giving Roma too much credit here, Sky reports that the deal includes a release clause, because, well because Roma never learns.
Nevertheless, Pellegrini is a talent on the rise, and soon enough he’ll be all Roma, so let’s rejoice.