A player reportedly sought after by Everton head coach Carlo Ancelotti has been described as having all the qualities needed to become captain of his club.
According to Calciomercato, the Toffees are believed to be monitoring Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini with a view to a future move.
The 23-year-old came through the ranks at Roma before being sold to Sassuolo in 2015, but the Giallorossi exercised the buyback clause two years later for a reported €10million (around £9million).
Pellegrini has clocked up 95 competitive Giallorossi appearances in all competitions and his goal contribution record speaks for itself – to date, he has 10 goals and 23 assists for Roma, including one goal and 11 assists this term alone.
In recent times, Roma have been blessed with two homegrown midfielders who spent the vast majority, if not all, of their career at the club – Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi.
Totti himself has given the 6ft 1in ace – who is reported to have a €30million (around £26.5million) release clause – his blessing, describing him as “phenomenal” and a “champion” (Gazzetta dello Sport).
Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca agreed with Totti’s comments, telling Sky Italia, as quoted by Roma Press: “Honestly, yes. Lorenzo has a strong character to become the captain.
“At the moment, we have Dzeko, but I think that for the future – Pellegrini has all the qualities to become the captain of Roma, as Totti said.”
A highly rated playmaker who is tall, physically strong, yet agile, dynamic, energetic, and hard-working, Pellegrini is the sort of player who can strengthen any team.
It’s little surprise to see Everton linked with him, but it will be a tall order for the Toffees to succeed in bringing him to Goodison Park, considering his status and potential at Roma.
The Giallorossi made the mistake once of letting him go, though they were able to bring him back thanks to the buyback clause – they most likely won’t make that same mistake again.