As per a report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have set their sights on Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic as the club’s big-money summer reinforcement, following Antoine Griezmann’s announcement that he will remain with Atletico Madrid.
Pjanic, a 28-year-old Bosnian international, made the move to Turin from fellow Serie A outfit AS Roma in the summer of 2016 for a fee of 32 million Euro.
And he product has since gone on to play a starring role for the Bianconeri, having been transformed into a deep-lying ‘regista’ by Juve boss Max Allegri after spending much of his stint with Roma playing in a more advanced position.
Pjanic’s absence is sorely felt when the former Lyon man is missing from the Old Lady’s midfield, with the tempo and flow of the Serie A champions’ attacks heavily dependent on the Bosnian’s calm demeanour in possession and splendid range of passing.
The 78-time capped international is also widely regarded as one of the finest set-piece specialists on the planet, a key aspect in Pjanic’s 7 goals and 9 assists across all competitions this past season.
Reports stemming from both Spain and France earlier this month claimed that Pjanic’s form in Turin had caught the eye of both Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the aforementioned update from Mundo Deportivo this afternoon having claimed that the former are ready to push forward with their interest in the Bosnian.
Barca are known to be on the lookout for reinforcements in the middle of the park following Andres Iniesta’s departure for Japan, with the board at the Camp Nou reportedly viewing Pjanic as the ideal addition to the club’s midfield ranks.
MD add that Antoine Griezmann’s revelation on Thursday evening that he would be remaining with Atletico Madrid next season has led the Blaugrana to switch their attentions to midfield matters, with the La Liga champions eager to make Pjanic the club’s main high-profile signing this summer.