Pedro relishing challenge after signing long-term Roma deal

Former Chelsea winger Pedro has joined Roma on a three-year deal, the Serie A side have announced.

The 33-year-old World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 winner left Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign after spending five seasons with the club.

During his time in London, Pedro helped Chelsea win the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League, while his CV also contains five LaLiga titles and three Champions League successes from his time at Barcelona.

“I am delighted to be here at Roma,” Pedro told his new club’s website.

“I’m excited for this challenge and to compete to achieve our targets over the coming seasons.

“I want to thank the fans for the welcome they’ve given me. I hope to make them happy.”

Roma chief executive Guido Fienga said: “It’s a privilege for us to be able to welcome a player of Pedro’s quality to the Roma family.

“The hope we have, for both him and for us, is that he can continue to add to his extraordinary list of achievements with AS Roma.”

 

ABRAMOVICH CLEARS £70M WEST HAM SWAP DEAL

Chelsea are to round off their spending with a player-plus-cash swap deal for Declan Rice amounting to £70million, according to a report.

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Having been unable to spend last summer due to a transfer ban, the Blues have already spent big this summer. The club have confirmed the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for a combined £73.5million.

In the past week, Chelsea have also stepped up their pursuit of two other top targets. The west London side have agreed a deal in principle with Kai Havertz and look likely to sign Ben Chilwell.

According to Football Insider, however, Frank Lampard’s side will not have finished once those deals go through.

The source claims Chelsea will wait until the end of the transfer window – towards October – before tabling a “massive” offer for West Ham lynchpin Rice.

Indeed, the deal will amount to £70million and include a Chelsea player – but it is unclear who that will be. Read more…

 

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