Juventus recently turned down a €50million (£43.7million) bid from Manchester City for midfield ace Miralem Pjanić, the Tuttosport newspaper claims.
The Bosnian international is of interest to Pep Guardiola’s but Juventus politely turned away City’s offer for two reasons, it is claimed.
The first reason was simply that they don’t believe €50million is enough for Pjanić, a key component in Max Allegri’s team, and that figure is not enough to convince them to change their current strategies.
The second would be finding a replacement, with Juventus seeing Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić as an example of the right man to replace Pjanić, but with Lazio demanding €100million-plus for the player – also linked with Manchester City and Manchester United in recent months – the €50million from City for Pjanić would barely cover half.
The truthfulness of this report has to be questioned when considering City have been pursuing Jorginho of Napoli for quite some time, but with Fernandinho getting no younger, it isn’t completely impossible that a second midfielder is also being looked at.
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