According to reports, Manchester City has joined Barcelona in the race to sign Juventus starlet Miralem Pjanic.
According to Italian news outlet Tuttosport, Premier League Giants Chelsea are looking to hijack Manchester City’s move for Napoli starlet Jorginho, with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri playing a crucial role in his move to Stamford Bridge. After keeping midfielder’s situation in mind, Premier League winners Manchester City have turned their attention to Juventus starlet Miralem Pjanic, who has been in a phenomenal form this season.
Miralem Pjanic has had a long career where he has made his mark as one of the best midfielders in the world. The midfielder started his career at Metz in France before moving to Lyon in 2008. Pjanic went on to play 121 games for Lyon where he scored and assisted 47 goals. His performances at Lyon attracted interests from Italian Giant’s Roma, where he moved in 2011.
Pjanic’s time in Roma saw his development into one of the best midfielders in the world. The Bosnian played 185 games for the Romans, scoring and assisting 76 goals before moving to the Old Lady in Turin aka Juventus. Since signing for them in 2016, the Bosnian has played 91 games for the Old Lady scoring and assisting 43 goals.
Since moving to Italy, speculations regarding his next career move has gathered pace. Some reports are also suggesting that he is on his way to Spain but Manchester City’s interest in him can flip the tables. Tuttosport understands that Manchester City will propose a fee of around €40 Million along with bonuses, which also happens to be the amount they offered for Napoli starlet Jorginho.
Juventus are not willing to negotiate the transfer of Manchester City target Miralem Pjanić for less than €80m, (Source: Tuttosport) pic.twitter.com/vwAC66XByl
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However, it is said that Juventus will dismiss this offer as they value their star midfielder at €80 Million, yet they may be interested in selling him after the arrival of Emre Can from Anfield for free. The Old Lady are also attempting to extend the stay of former Real Madrid star Sami Khedira. Let’s see how this transfer saga unfolds.
Both Jorginho and Pjanic have been silently developing into one of the best in their trade. However, Pjanic seems to be the perfect choice for Manchester City given that they are looking for someone who can control the midfield. Pjanic’s abilities allow to him to play in numerous positions in the midfield including box to box midfielder but he is at best of his game when he plays as a deep-lying playmaker or as a central midfielder.