Manchester City and Barcelona have suffered a huge setback after realizing that Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic is not for sale.
Pjanic has been the subject of interest for many top clubs in this summer transfer window. His calmness on the ball and the ability to play sublime passes in behind the defense makes him one of the best deep-lying midfielders in the world. Filling in the boots for a legendary player like Andrea Pirlo was never going to be easy but Pjanic has made that job look ridiculously easy at Turin.
The Bosnian has also scored seven goals and laid off 8 assists this season helping Juventus to another Serie A title. However, Pjanic is now looking to play football at an even bigger club in order to win the Champions League.
Premier League champions Manchester City were eager to sign Pjanic because Yaya Toure is set to leave the club and the aging Fernandinho may not be at his best to play Pep Guardiola’s style of football. Pjanic would fit in perfectly alongside Ilkay Gundogan in the Spaniard’s side making City an even more formidable unit.
La Liga winners Barcelona have also lost Andres Iniesta after the 34-year-old announced that he will be leaving the Camp Nou this summer. Pjanic would be an ideal replacement for the Spanish maestro if Barcelona manages to sign him.
These two clubs as well as Real Madrid were willing to pay up to €80 million for the services of the 28-year-old midfielder but have been given a massive blow.
Juventus chief executive officer Giuseppe Marotta has stated that any player who is unhappy at Turin can leave but has strictly warned other clubs that Pjanic is non-transferable
For Marotta to state that the Bosnian is non-transferable speaks volumes about how important he is to Juventus. The Old Lady though may lose some of their attackers in the form of Gonzalo Higuain or Mario Mandzukic but losing their midfield star seems to be kind of irreplaceable at the home of the Italian champions, especially after what happened to Paul Pogba.