The Spaniard will be a free-agent at the end of June. Many clubs are chasing Pedro but would he be the right player for Roma?
I could say that Pedro Rodriguez could be a great addition to Fonseca’s roster due to his formidable experience in different leagues and the many trophies he reached during his career. The Spaniard is an extremely reliable player who could bring immense benefits to Roma. An instant player for an instant team that would have the vital need to return to play the Champions League.
Dreams are necessary to improve. Dreams are made of sensations and excitement for something, but the reality is different at times. Although it would be interesting to see Pedro landing in the Italian capital to join Paulo Fonseca‘s side, there would be two main reasons why I don’t think the Giallorossi will make this type of investment.
- WAGE: Reportedly, Pedro’s current salary at Chelsea is approximately £5.2 million per year. Due to the likely economic losses of the clubs caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the Giallorossi, as well as the other European powerhouses, will be implementing ad-hoc strategies to reshape their rosters and possibly lower their management costs. In light of that, Pedro’s acquisition by Roma would not be the right choice at the moment;
- ROLE: Although Pedro can play in different positions, his preferred role is as a right-winger. Currently, there are at least three talented players on that flank, Cengiz Under, Carles Perez, and Nicolò Zaniolo. When the Italian star will be fit and ready to play, he will be the undisputed starter for Fonseca. But the Giallorossi should also confirm both Under and Perez next season for their ability to attack the space and endanger opponents. In this context, Pedro would not be a necessary investment at the moment.
It’s not easy to predict what will happen to football in the near future. Although the players’ price-tag and their wage will be likely lower, most clubs could simply act conservatively without making expensive purchases in the next transfer window.
Pedro may be a dream for all those who would like to see him shine at the Stadio Olimpico with the Roma jersey, and I am one of them. But the Lupi may decide to go towards a more sustainable reality, and I think that would be the best choice.