Arsenal have reportedly reignited their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic as Arsene Wenger aims to bolster the Gunners’ midfield
According to TransferMarketWeb, as per reports emanating from the UK, Arsenal are ready to reignite interest in Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic. The Gunners are looking to bolster their midfield and Arsene Wenger seems to have locked down Pjanic as the value addition needed to lift the club’s midfield.
Miralem Pjanic is rated very highly in Europe. The player impressed during his time at AS Roma to earn a transfer to Juventus in the summer of 2016. And, the player carried on in Turin from where he left off in Rome, impressing everyone with his skills and calm presence in the middle of the park.
The 27-year-old managed 47 appearances in total for the Serie A champions, with 8 goals and 15 assists to his name. His presence in the midfield was immense as Juventus conquered Italy again and came close to becoming the European champions, before losing to Real Madrid in the final.
Miralem Pjanić is so good at free-kicks he makes it look like an open goal!
He’s been bossing it for Juventus and Roma 👌 pic.twitter.com/dQKwfncnP1
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) July 2, 2017
His statistics show that he is able to contribute to the attack despite focusing more on being a shield for the defence and absorbing the attack. Also, the 10 yellow cards he accumulated over the season also displays the player isn’t afraid to do the dirty work every once-in-a-while.
At this point of time, there seems to be little reason for Pjanic to seek a move away from Juventus. However, the club have become notorious for selling their prized possessions in the recent past and Pogba’s case has proven that the club is more than able to fill the void left by the departures.
According to the report, Juventus are not looking to sell the player, but may be swayed by a bid of €40 million or more. Pjanic will add his winning mentality and experience to the squad at Emirates, something which Wenger needs in abundance in order to break the squad’s current mental barrier.
€40 million in today’s market for a 27-year-old international with 4 years left on his contract seems fair value and Arsenal may just test the Turin outfit’s resolve with a bid around the aforementioned mark. It would, however, be interesting to see if the prospect of a switch to Arsenal will interest the Bosnian.
The new Juventus away kit, modeled by Miralem Pjanic 🔥
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) July 1, 2017
At 27, the player has perhaps, around 5 years or so of top-level football left in him. Pjanic only has a Serie A and an Italian Cup to his name so far and would definitely love to add more trophies before calling it quits. And as it stands, Arsenal do not present a better chance than Juventus.
The Gunners though, may be able to entice the player with a better pay-package and the ability to test his mettle in what is labelled the most challenging and competitive league in world football.