Roma reach agreement for former Barcelona star Pedro

Roma have agreed to sign Pedro as a free agent when his contract at Chelsea expires, widespread reports claim.

The upcoming transfer market is set to be an intriguing one for Roma, whose financial situation may limit their ability to spend big – despite UEFA relaxing Financial Fair Play rules. Loans, swaps and free signings will be important – and it appears Roma have just taken a big step towards confirming their first of the latter category.

According to Sky Sports, Chelsea winger Pedro has agreed to sign a two-year contract at Roma. That deal will have the option to be extended into a third year.

The Spaniard will see out the remainder of the Premier League season at Chelsea, having signed a short-term extension there, but is now expected to be a Roma player next season.

Pedro needs few introductions. A graduate of the Barcelona academy, he won 20 major honours at Camp Nou before moving to Chelsea in 2015. In England, he has added medals from the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League to his impressive cabinet.

Part of the dominant Spain team that won the World Cup in 2010 and Euro 2012, Pedro has 65 caps for his country. In his five seasons at Chelsea, he has scored more than 40 goals from just over 200 appearances.

Pedro’s salary will be a reported €3.5m, certainly steep given the current climate. But the experience he would bring to Rome would be a major asset.

The imminent arrival of the 32-year-old may point to an exit for Justin Kluivert – potentially sacrificed to Arsenal to raise funds, but also to keep Henrikh Mkhitaryan – or Cengiz Under.

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