Manchester City exploring move for Juventus star as Fernandinho replacement – report

Manchester City are considering a summer move for Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanić as they explore options to replace Fernandinho, according to a report by Sportmediaset in Italy.

Pep Guardiola is looking at options to ‘organise the team’s play’ and the report from Italy suggests that 27-year-old Pjanić is high on the list of ideal candidates to reinforce the Blues’ midfield ranks.

Until now, Juventus have not tried to renew Pjanić’s contract with the same urgency they have Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro’s, suggesting that the Bosnian international could go if the price is right.

The Old Lady are thought to value Pjanić at no less than €60million (£53million), not an unreasonable amount for a high-level central midfielder.

As with the left-back position, where it’s thought City are considering an addition, suddenly more and more midfielders are being linked with a switch to the Etihad Stadium with Yaya Touré almost certain to go next summer and Fernandinho, who turns 33 in May, still yet to renew his contract, which like Yaya’s expires next June.

Besides Pjanić, another Serie A midfielder, Sergej Milinković-Savić of Lazio, is said to be on the radar and was scouted again this week.

And the often-linked Borussia Dortmund star Julian Weigl got social media talking on Thursday when he decided to follow Manchester City on Instagram.

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