According to reports in Italian publication Gazzetta, the most reliable of their sporting media outlets, Roma will part with Miralem Pjanic – so long as an interested club offers them €45m, or £31.94m in English money.
However, the 25-year-old midfielder is being linked heavily in the report to Diego Simeone’s La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and unfortunately not ourselves – despite him being mooted as a primary Liverpool transfer target previously – such as here in the Metro in April.
Upon Steven Gerrard’s exit on the expiration of his contract, many fans felt a central midfielder would be Brendan Rodgers’ summer transfer priority – but while Roberto Firmino has arrived for £29m (via BBC Sport) and Nathaniel Clyne for £12.5m (via BBC Sport) – only Bosman free James Milner has arrived in the middle.
Pjanic would be a superb signing if indeed we are actually interested him, and if we would be prepared to part with such a fee for the Serie A star.
He has guile, can pass and link defence to attack, in a more classy and fluent way than Jordan Henderson, Milner or Joe Allen.
Let’s hope that if Pjanic really is available, we put ourselves in the running for his signature, as his signing would cap off a pretty exciting summer transfer window. Of course, having now splashed a lot of cash already, we might have to part with £50m rated Raheem Sterling (via Telegraph) before we do more big business.