Manchester United set to battle Chelsea for Roma midfielder

Manchester United are set to rival Chelsea for the signature of young Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini.

According to CalcioMercato the Italy international is subject to interest from the Premier League duo after impressing in Serie A for the capital club.

After a disappointing start to their top flight campaign which has seen Manchester United fall 12 points behind neighbours Manchester City at the top of the table, Mourinho is set to be armed with a significant war-chest to revamp his squad in January.

The 22-year-old, capped eight times by Italy, is also reported to be a target for Chelsea with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri having been impressed by his compatriots impressive displays during the 2017/18 season.

Roma, however, will not let their prized asset leave easily and are desperately attempting to persuade the midfielder to sign a new contract, his current £26m release clause having attracted a host of Europe’s top clubs.

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