La Liga giants in the battle for No.7 Liverpool transfer target

Barcelona are preparing to make an opening offer to secure the services of Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini in the summer. A product of the Roma youth academy, Italy international made his first-team debut for the Giallorossi in 2015 before signing for Sassuolo in the summer that year.

After two years with the Neroverdi, Pellegrini returned to Roma in 2017 and has been an ever-present in the middle of the park since, racking up 152 games for the Giallorossi in which he has 21 goals and 34 assists.

Lorenzo was elevated to the status of club captain last season. While the season wasn’t all too memorable for Roma as they finished seventh in Serie A, the 24-year-old midfielder led by example, amassing an excellent tally of 11 goals and 9 assists from 47 matches, even though he shuttled between various roles in the middle of the park.

The Italian midfielder’s solid campaign saw him get called up to the Italy national team for the UEFA Euro 2020, but a muscle injury sustained in training earlier this week has seen him get ruled out.

Nevertheless, despite missing out on the European Championships, Pellegrini is attracting serious interest from clubs in Europe ahead of the summer, as he is entering the final year of his contract with Roma.

Indeed, Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Lorenzo, and understandably so as they look to replace Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutch midfielder completed a transfer to PSG on a Bosman earlier this week, leaving a gaping hole in Liverpool’s midfield unit.

With the likes of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also staring at uncertain futures at Liverpool, a move for someone like the Italian midfielder makes a lot of sense.