Jose Mourinho has joined Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte in the list of managers vying for the signature of Miralem Pjanic. The Roma playmaker would be an important signing for either of the three English clubs.
Manchester United are set to battle fellow Premier League clubs Liverpool and Chelsea to acquire the services of AS Roma star Miralem Pjanic, according to Mundo Deportivo. With all three clubs finishing outside the top four this season, it’s no surprise they are willing to spend big to consolidate their position in the league.
The 26 year old’s buy-out clause at the Italian club is reportedly €38 million (£29 million), a sum well within the budget for the clubs, especially given the season the Bosnian has had.
In 41 appearances this season in all competitions for Roma, Pjanic has found the back of the net 12 times, and has assisted 13 more, averaging almost a goal or an assist in every game. For sides like United and Chelsea who desperately need creativity in the middle of the park, Miralem Pjanic would fit the bill.
Pjanic, with an impressive passing accuracy of 85%, would be an ideal fit in England’s elite.
Juve, PSG also linked to Pjanic
Pjanic’s fantastic season in Serie A has drawn the attention of Europe’s top sides. Reportedly, two other European giants are also interested in him – Serie A rivals Juventus and Ligue 1 champions PSG. The imposing squad of the former and the financial muscle of the latter may tempt Pjanic to make the move, and with Bosnia and Herzegovina not featuring in the Euros, the midfielder has ample time at his disposal to weigh his options.
Miralem Pjanic: Has played more accurate through balls (25) than any other player in the last 3 Serie A seasons; Paul Pogba second (22)
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 25, 2016
A move to England makes sense
Pjanic’s creativity and versatility are undoubtedly two key aspects of his game. He has the ability to turn the complexion of the match within a matter of minutes. His work-rate in the Roma side is second-to-none, and is constantly on the backs of the opposition, fighting hard to win back possession and take control of proceedings.
The Bosnian’s free-kick taking ability is comparable to the world’s best. He can work wonders from set-plays, and with United and Liverpool struggling to find goals from dead-ball situations, Pjanic would be an ideal summer signing for the clubs.
Most free-kicks scored in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season:
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 1, 2016