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Ex-Chelsea star Pedro leaves one former manager Mourinho to join another old boss in Sarri as he swaps Roma for Lazio

PEDRO is poised to extend his special Chelsea connection by swapping Jose Mourinho’s new club Roma for Maurizio Sarri’s latest team Lazio.

The former Sapin winger, 34, played under both managers during his 2015-20 stay at Stamford Bridge.

Roma's Lazio-bound wideman Pedro won 65 Spain caps and lifted the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2016-17


Roma’s Lazio-bound wideman Pedro won 65 Spain caps and lifted the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2016-17Credit: Getty

Now the ex-Barcelona star is tipped for what could be his last big contract – a swansong free transfer move within Serie A.

Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano predicts Sarri will finally land his man.

And it’s also thought the deal is a perfect solution to major financial headaches for both Roma and Lazio.

Pedro has not even featured in Mourinho’s pre-season TRAINING plans.

But Roma were unwilling to sell or loan him overseas because they would then lose tax breaks.

That sum could have amounted to around €3.5m – almost £3m.

Tax complications were also a reason why Pedro would not terminate his Roma contract.

Instead, he will move without a fee – which, handily, is the only way Lazio could recruit him.

They have been unable to register new players unless President Claudio Lotito ploughs in €10m – equivalent to around  £8.5m.

Mourinho beat Manchester United to Pedro in 2015 in a major coup that was expected to strengthen the then-defending Champions.

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But Mourinho was sacked within four months of the Spaniard joining.

He then played under Sarri during the Italian’s lone season at Stamford Bridge and was a key part of the squad that won the 2018-19 Europa League.

Pedro also won the Premier League and an FA Cup at Chelsea under Antonio Conte.

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