Roma willing to let Miralem Pjanic leave; but only for his buy-out clause

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been in his job for the last ten days and since then, the Old Trafford club have been linked with some of Europe’s best players. Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder, Miralem Pjanic is highly rated, with Mourinho reported looking to strengthen his midfield, which currently consists of veterans Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini, and Ander Herrera. The Portuguese could be looking to completely change his squad this summer, seeing some of the aforementioned names sold, with Carrick already reported to have signed a new contract. Pjanic is a player who has been described as an “old-fashioned playmaker with huge technical qualities” who plays as a deep-lying playmaker. He is well-known for his passing, dribbling, and vision, which will no doubt make him a player that many clubs would like to have in their squad. Pjanic is also free-kick specialist and was described by Juninho as the best free-kick taker in the world, back in October 2015. Roma president Jim Pallotta has suggested that he may be powerless to stop Pjanic leaving the club by saying:

“I keep telling all of you that Nainggolan’s not going anywhere.

“Pjanic is staying. If he has the buy-out and we can’t do anything about it, that it’s not my issue, but Nainggolan’s not going any place.”

Pjanic could be available for his buy-out clause, which reportedly stands at €38 million, which for the 26-year-old who is entering the peak of his career could be a decent fee, especially considering that many players who could be regarded as similar in what they offer, could be purchased for much more money. Roma are currently looking to keep both Radja Nainggolan and Antonio Rudiger at the club, which could suggest that Pjanic was there for the taking. Pjanic played against Manchester United in pre-season during the summer of 2014 when United won the International Champions Cup and the Bosnian lobbed Ben Amos, United’s goalkeeper in the match, from the halfway line, a match which United ended up winning 3-2.

Pjanic made 33 appearances for Roma in Serie A last season, scoring 10 goals with a shot accuracy of 54%. He also created 80 chances for his team-mates, with an average pass accuracy of 85%, which would be something that United would benefit from, should they go ahead and make an offer for the player. His average pass length was 17 metres, with him also averaging two defensive actions per match, which shows he does help out when needed. In the UEFA Champions League last season, Pjanic made seven appearances, scoring twice. His shot accuracy was reduced to 64% in the elite European competition, with his passing remaining at 85%. He averaged four defensive actions per match. Pjanic would be the sort of player that would thrive at United, and a player that I would like to see at the club, however, Jose Mourinho knows who he wants to sign. This time of the year is considered as the ‘silly season’ with many rumours being just that. In the coming weeks, I am sure we will start to see what kind of plans Jose Mourinho has for the club this season.


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