Roma have officially bought Lorenzo Pellegrini from Sassuolo for €10m and sold Federico Ricci to the Neroverdi. “It’s an incredible sensation.”
The pair both grew up in the Giallorossi youth academy and were allowed to develop at the Mapei Stadium.
Pellegrini, as was already known, follows Coach Eusebio Di Francesco to the Stadio Olimpico thanks to the buy-back clause that was in his original sale to Sassuolo two years ago.
“Coming back to Trigoria is an incredible sensation and it has been my objective since I went to Sassuolo,” the 21-year-old midfielder told Roma TV after signing a contract to June 2022.
“It is the crowning moment of a two-year journey. I thank all of Roma and director Monchi, who has always been close to me. He made me realise they wanted to rebuild also with me.”
Monchi noted that Roma were “proud to have brought Pellegrini home. In these years Lorenzo has matured and picked up valuable experience at Sassuolo, so we are certain he’ll be able to contribute to the growth process of the squad.”
As for 23-year-old Ricci, he was on loan to Sassuolo in 2016-17 and has now been bought outright.
The fee has not yet been confirmed, nor whether Roma retained a buy-back option.
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