Turkish giants Besiktas are keen on signing Miralem Pjanic from Barcelona on a permanent deal in next summer’s transfer window.
As quoted by Mundo Deportivo, Ahmet Nur Cebi has asserted that Besiktas intend to sign Miralem Pjanic from Barcelona on a permanent deal. The president of the Turkish giants added that the 31-year-old is a world-class player and that they would land him if he fits in their budget.
Miralem Pjanic joined Barcelona from Juventus in the summer of 2020 as part of a part-exchange transfer that saw Arthur make his way to the Allianz Stadium. However, the deal has not worked out for either player, with both failing to make an impression at their respective clubs.
As for Pjanic, he was not trusted much by former Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, who utilised the Bosnian midfielder sparingly despite the lack of riches in the midfield department. Pjanic even opened up on his struggles under the Dutchman recently, iterating he did not know why he was not played much.
The direct result of his struggles led to Barcelona deciding to haul the 31-year-old out on loan in the summer transfer window, with Besiktas snapping him up in September. Pjanic has fared reasonably well at the Turkish club, making eight appearances across all competitions.
Now, Ahmet Nur Cebi has opened up over the possibility of signing Pjanic permanently from Barcelona. The Besiktas president said, “Pjanic is a world-class name. We would like to buy him, but it depends on the conditions. We will never attempt anything bigger than our budget, but I hope he stays within out budget.”
Considering Pjanic has been quite vocal in his criticism of Barcelona and their dressing room atmosphere, it is likely that the Blaugrana will choose to cash in on him at the earliest opportunity. However, they should be eager to recoup a considerable sum from his sale amid their financial struggles to balance their books.
For now, it is clear that Besiktas will be in the running to sign Pjanic, although a move might only see the light of the day if his price tag fits in their budget. So, it remains to be seen if Pjanic’s travails at Barcelona ends with a permanent move to Istanbul to join Besiktas.