As per a report from Italian outlet La Gazzetta Dello Sport, in-demand Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic is on the verge of signing a new contract at the Allianz Stadium.
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 the Metz youth 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 79-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 14 assists across all competitions this past season.
Reports stemming from both Spain and France last month claimed that Pjanic’s form in Turin had caught the eye of both Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the former rumoured to be particularly keen following Andres Iniesta’s departure for Japan.
However, the last couple of weeks have seen Italian outlets claim that the most intense interest in Pjanic’s services in fact stems from the Premier League, with Chelsea and Manchester City named as potential destinations.
And, with the former having since poached Napoli standout Jorginho from under the nose of City, the Citizens have subsequently been labelled as the most likely landing spot for Pjanic.
But, as per the aforementioned update from the Gazzetta Dello Sport this afternoon (which has also been backed by Marca), Pjanic’s numerous suitors look set to be left empty-handed this summer, amid claims that the gifted Bosnian is on the verge of signing a new deal with Juventus.
Pjanic’s current contract sees the midfielder earn 4.5 million Euro-per-season (just over 4 million pounds) in Turin, with a meeting in Milan last night having reportedly seen the two parties agree on a 1.5 million Euro (1.33 million pounds) annual raise, which will soon see the former Roma man earn 6 million Euro-per-season (5.35 million euros) at the Allianz Stadium.
Though the length of Pjanic’s new deal has not yet been finalized, an agreement over this aspect of the 28-year-old’s renewal is viewed as a near-formality, with Pjanic expected to officially commit his long-term future to Juventus imminently.