According to Fabrizio Romano, the transfer guru, Roma forward Pedro is set to be reunited with Maurizio Sarri with a free transfer to Lazio. Pedro, a former Chelsea player, has history with Sarri at Stamford Bridge, winning the Europa League together.
Pedro, A Reliable Option for Maurizio Sarri
Last summer, Pedro made the move to Paulo Fonseca’s Roma in Italy after the expiration of his Chelsea contract. Pedro managed 40 appearances for the club, scoring six and assisting seven regardless of a couple of injuries. Jose Mourinho, the manager who originally brought Pedro to Stamford Bridge has since then replaced Fonseca.
Is he a reliable winger?
In their season together in 2018/19, Maurizio Sarri played him as a winger, he contributed 18 goals during his 52 appearances. The 34-year-old, Spanish wide-man, was amongst the goalscorers in the 2019 Europa League final with Chelsea having a 4-1 win over Arsenal. It was Sarri’s first major European medal.
What caused Pedro’s departure?
Jose Mourinho’s arrival does not seem to cause a waiver to convince Pedro to stay, or maybe it is the other way around. The forward has shown so much enthusiasm and keenness for being reunited with Maurizio Sarri, even if it means joining Roma’s arch-rivals.
What Will he bring to Lazio?
From Pedro’s days playing in Barcelona and Chelsea, he had never been very unlucky to have left both clubs without a medal. Pedro has lifted six league titles, a World Cup with Spain, three Champions League‘s, an Europa League, an FA Cup, and several others. Pedro has a filled trophy cabinet and also possesses great experience, he can add to the progress of his new club, Lazio.
In 2020/21, Lazio finished sixth, six points above Pedro’s current club. They also qualified for the Europa League. It will be a fresh start for the blue side of Rome after Simone Inzaghi got a deal with champions Inter Milan to replace Antonio Conte.
Maurizio Sarri has been hired for his track record, and he is looking forward to working towards replicating his 2019/20 Serie A win with Juventus. Also, when Sarri was managing Napoli, they were one of the most popular within Italian football. It will be interesting to see if he can get a positive change, growth, and performance out of Biancocelesti.
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