Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus this summer has irrefutably confirmed the notion that Serie A powerhouse are the transfer market masters.
The Italian champions will now try to use the momentum and further boost the squad ahead of the new season with several transfer stories making a good read these days in the market. As the rumour mill keeps doing rounds heading into August a whisper regarding Miralem Pjanic’s future is getting louder every day.
The 28-year-old Bosnian playmaker joined the Old Lady back in 2016 for a reported fee of €32 million and went on to become an integral part of Juventus’ trophy winning side.
Pouncing for Pjanic
During the two years at Juventus, the former Lyon and AS Roma midfielder has also become the artist who’d use all the freedom he’s being given by coach Allegri to control the game at his feet and make it his own through pinpoint defense-splitting passes, eye-catching goals of simple pieces of magic that leave the audience breathless.
Having played close to 100 competitive appearances for Juventus across all competitions, Miralem Pjanic could end up leaving the Bianconeri this summer for a huge profit.
It is Juventus, more than any club in the world, who know that every player is for sale. And although they value the 28-year-old Bosnian and rate him as the key member of the squad, Bianconeri have already determined the price.
Pjanic is free to go to any club that offers €100 million this summer.
Such a high valuation did little to scare off some of Europe’s biggest sides and we already have the likes of PSG, Chelsea, Barcelona and Manchester City sniffing around him.
The Citizens are seemingly unwilling to break the bank on a whim as Pep Guardiola already boasts a well-equipped squad but the remaining three sides in the hunt are in a genuine need of a player in his position.
And while Barcelona would arguably be the biggest challenge for Pjanic himself where he’d be expected to fill in Andres Iniesta’s shoes, PSG and Chelsea will not back down that easily.
And as Pjanic’s future becomes a growing uncertainty, Juventus have already got a plan in place with a couple of high-profile names already being shortlisted to replace him in Turin.
The World Cup winner Paul Pogba keeps hitting the headlines even when he’s not playing. The French international is resting after lifting the most coveted trophy in the world in Russia earlier this July but is already the subject of intense talk with his name being linked with a Juventus return.
Pogba can already be found on a tasty 8/1 price to make a swift return to Turin all thanks to a whisper that the Frenchman himself has made a call to Juventus to encourage them to make a move.
Pogba reportedly wants to team up with Cristiano Ronaldo and the Italian media have already reported his head is turned towards Turin.
To see Pogba leave United after 88 appearances in his second spell with Red Devils would be a first-class surprise to say this least but remember it’s Juventus we’re talking about and nothing is impossible for them.
Lazio hotshot Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is a likelier solution than Paul Pogba. The Serbia international took the entire world by storm last season when his individual exploits kept Biancocelesti in the running for the Champions League place throughout the season.
Having seen Lazio fail to make it to the elite competition, eventually, the Sergeant as they call him in Italy could be set for a change of scenery with Juventus believed to be his prefered destination.
Juventus and Lazio are not exactly on good terms but there’s nothing that a solid €100 offer could not fix.
PSG are also one of the clubs interested in Miralem Pjanic who already played in France. Les Parisiens are hoping to persuade Juventus to accept a player plus cash deal and are ready to throw in Adrien Rabiot with €30 million to sweeten the pot.
Adrien Rabiot is a highly-rated midfielder who is said to be a Barcelona target as well and his versatility is valued dearly across the footballing landscape. The PSG boy made the headlines this summer for all the wrong reasons, however, when he refused to be included in the back-up list by the French head coach Didier Deschamps and his mental strength could end up being questioned and scrutinised.
Another World Cup winner has become the latest name to be thrown into the mix by the italian media this week.
Kante is reportedly the first choice to replace Pjanic despite not being the exactly the same type of player. N’Golo Kante is a workforce behind the curtains and not a creative spark Juventus would need to replace with Miralem Pjanic leaving.
Kante is said to be unwilling to leave Chelsea but that will not stop Juventus from making an inquiry. The Blues are likely to hold on to a €80 million fee, it is believed.
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