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Barcelona compete with Manchester City for This World Class Midfielder

With the Premier League champions eyeing the Bianconeri midfielder, Barcelona have now entered the fray although there’s some budget constraints

Barcelona are staring at a long summer ahead. Among the many things on the to-do list, somewhere at the top is finding an able replacement for the departed Andres Iniesta. The midfield maestro called his time on his glorious club career with the Catalans at the end of the 2017/18 season, to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

A player of his stature is irreplaceable per se, but the Catalans are looking to at least cement the massive void. And Juventus star Miralem Pjanic is though to be the man to fulfill the herculean task. The Bosnian has been making waves in the Serie A since his AS Roma days, and with the Old Lady, has taken his game up by a notch or two.

He can be a great addition to the side, but the asking price set by Juventus is appearing to be the potential stumbling block. The Italian champions want €80 million for the player, while the Blaugrana aren’t ready to fork out more than €50 million for him. And at the moment, there isn’t any bargain as none of the sides are ready to blink first.

This, comes soon after reports of Manchester City’s bid for an identical price being turned down by Juventus earlier this summer. So it’s clear that the Old Lady is doing its bit to hold on to the player who’s been so valuable to them since the last 2 seasons. The season gone by, was his best creatively as he created 55 chances for his teammates, the highest in the side, whilst also scoring 7 and assisting 9 goals in all competitions.

The 28-year old’s ball control and intelligence make him a perfect fit for Iniesta’s role, while his set-piece speciality is an added bonus. What’s more, just like the Catalan legend, he gets on scoresheet quiet regularly too! Few midfielders can boast the kind of skillset that Pjanic can, and that should be reason enough for Barcelona to pull out all stops if they were to strengthen the midfield.

Author’s Take

Juventus won’t let their star man leave after 2 seasons, while the €80 million price is also big too much for Barcelona who’s also targeting another big money signing by roping in Antoine Griezmann. With no breakthrough in the deal in sight, this might get murkier in the coming days.

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