Pedro, the former Barcelona and Chelsea winger, recently completed the move from Roma to Lazio after it was revealed he was no longer in the plans of his new manager, Jose Mourinho. This is the first time that an intercity transfer has occurred in Rome in 40 years, as bitter rivals are usually not used to doing business.
Fate of Pedro in Rome and transfer to Lazio
Last summer the 34-year-old signed a three-year contract with Roma after being transferred for free from Chelsea, but new manager Jose Mourinho deemed him in excess of requirements and excluded him from preparations of the team’s pre-season this summer. This transfer may surprise punters and fans on both sides. If you want to know how to get started with Betway sports betting for the new season, you can find plenty of guides online.
Lazio’s new manager Maurizio Sarri was eager to work with Pedro again after coaching him at Chelsea in the 2018-19 season. Despite the fact that Pedro failed to impress for Roma, Sarri obviously thinks he can put the winger back to his best. In his day he was an incredibly talented player, and while he’s certainly getting old, he should still have enough gas in the tank for another season, at least.
Roma wanted to sell the striker to a foreign club but due to Italian tax restrictions they have reportedly lost around € 3.5million. Instead, they made a deal with Lazio that has been beneficial for both sides. Lazio will not have to pay a transfer fee to Roma but will take the Spaniard’s current salary of around € 4m per year before tax, plus bonuses based on the team’s performance during the season next.
Pedro, who will wear Lazio’s number 9 shirt, has had a difficult year with Roma, scoring six goals in 40 games. However, he scored in the team’s 2-0 derby triumph over his current side in May. After joining Chelsea from Barcelona in 2015, he spent five years in west London, scoring 29 goals in 137 appearances.
What other players have appeared for Roma and Lazio?
Many different players have worn the Lazio and Roma jerseys over the years, including Aleksandar Kolarov, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Roberto Muzzi, Diego Fuser and Angelo Peruzzi, although direct movements between the two teams in the Italian capital have been extremely unusual.
The last time this happened was in 1981 when Carlo Perrone made the transition between the two fierce rivals. The defender left Lazio in the summer of 1981 after making 42 appearances for the club. After joining Roma he only played five times before returning to his home club for another season.
While transfers between Italian clubs are not that rare, even for rivals, most of the time the two Roman clubs refuse to do business with each other. Is this a sign that things are changing and the two teams are heating up each other? Probably not. We expect the Lazio vs Roma derby (Derby della Capitale) to be more exciting than ever this season, especially if Pedro is playing.
Lazio hope for another season under Maurizio Sarri
This season, Sarri will take the helm of Lazio for the first time. The former Juventus and Napoli coach will look to bring his football brand (Sarriball or Sarrismo) to the Biancocelesti and will hopefully help them improve the results of previous seasons.
Although Sarri struggled to make an impact at Juventus, he played an important role in Napoli’s success, bringing them closer to the Scudetto. Many Lazio fans are hopeful that he can have a similar impact on their side, turning the club into a team that can regularly compete for Serie A and European titles.