Roma have stepped up their interest in Chelsea’s Pedro and have drafted a deal which will see his weekly wage slashed by half, according to a report.
The 32-year-old former Spain international is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in June and set to become a free agent.
The former Barcelona man seemed to suggest he was leaving the Blues last month when he said: “I’m terminating my contract,” but he later moved to clarify the comments and said nothing had been decided.
Pedro signed from Barcelona during August 2015, said on the Chelsea website: “As many people know, my contract is up in May, but I still haven’t spoken to the club about whether or not it will be renewed and whether I’ll carry on.
“I’ve seen loads of messages from Chelsea fans saying goodbye and thanking me for the time I’ve spent here, which I appreciate, but I’d like to tell all the fans simply that my current contract is coming to an end, but I still have to talk to the club.
“I don’t know whether I’ll keep playing here or not. That conversation is still to come – but I have not signed for any other club. I belong to Chelsea. I have a contract.”
Now though the Corriere dello Sport via Football Italia claims Roma have prepared an offer of €3m a year, plus bonuses to tempt Pedro with a move to the Eternal City.
Whether or not that will be enough remains to be seen, because the winger’s current salary at the Bridge is £100,000 a week. He will of course, at 32, face a drop in that if he extends his contract.
The Tenerife-born player has admitted his preference is to extend his deal in west London.
“My wish is to be able to stay here,” said Pedro, but Chelsea are not keen on extending deals on players over 30 and it remains to be seen whether Pedro will be offered a two-year deal like Willian.
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