The long-awaited transfer of the former World Cup and European Championship winner Pedro to Roma is finally a done deal.
The Giallorossi introduced the 33-year-old forward in the Italian capital on Tuesday afternoon.
Pedro was available on a free transfer after his contract at Chelsea expired, he has signed a three-year contract with an option for a third season that will earn him €3.5 million a season.
“I am delighted to be here at Roma,” Pedro said in a club statement. “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 are the latest Italian club to benefit from signing a player from abroad. Thanks to the Legge Crescitá players signed from abroad have to pay less income tax than players that have previously worked inside the country.
As a result, Romelu Lukaku, who signed for Inter Milan in 2019, earns the same salary after taxes than Juventus’ star Paulo Dybala.
But Juve pay the Argentine about €3 million more salary before tax than what Inter have to pay to Lukaku.