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Sarri desperate to win EPL rival in bid for AS Roma star

Timothy Aiyeku

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Lorenzo Pellegrini

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is desperate to win Premier League rivals Manchester United in the race to sign Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini ahead of the coming winter transfer window, according to recent reports from Italy.

Italian newspaper II Messaggero reports that Manchester United are already in the race for the player even before the West London club but Manager Sarri is working hard to win the race for the star player.

It has been claimed that United manager Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Lorenzo Pellegrini and has been monitoring the star midfielder for some months but he will have to work hard or risk being beaten by ambitious Chelsea boss Sarri.

Sarri seems to be giving up in his bid to retain Croatia international Mateo Kovacic at the Stamford Bridge beyond the season which makes him make efforts into sealing a deal with Lorenzo Pellegrini.

Mateo Kovacic remains a Real Madrid player despite his loan spell with the West London side and he is set to return at the end of the campaign with the Spanish giants insisting that he would not be allowed to remain at the Stamford Bridge beyond this season.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.