Networking is the backbone of successful business, as they say, and AS Roma are hoping to put that concept into action this summer.
According to Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), the Giallorossi are counting on the friendly relations between themselves and Chelsea, not to mention the supposed friendship between Davide Zappacosta and Pedro, to net them both players for next season — the former on loan, the latter as a free agent signing.
Despite playing for just 12 minutes so far this season due to injuries, Zappacosta remains quite happy with loan-life in Rome. The club have been trying to extend his tenure since March, to give him a do-over after a lost season.
Roma are also targeting the signature of Chelsea attacker Pedro, who does have a wide array of reported options, from the United States to Japan, Spain to Italy, and beyond. He’s also keeping his Chelsea options open, though he’d want a two-year contract and the Blues are most unlikely to give him that.
Roma could theoretically offer attractive financial terms while giving the 32-year-old a chance to still compete on a high level. Given those factors, they are reportedly “confident” in being able to bring in Pedro this summer.