Following up on an earlier story today from Tuttosport that he is ‘tempted’ by the idea of playing for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Miralem Pjanic is expected to remain at Juventus, TMW claims.
The Turin-based Tuttosport has been running with City’s interest in Pjanic all summer, with their claim being that Juventus turned down a €50million bid from the Etihad before the Blues turned their attention to Jorginho – who has since joined Chelsea.
Predictably, with Jorginho no longer an option, they have revived the Pjanic link, but with no other Italian outlet having run the story, it has raised some scepticism.
However, TMW has given the rumour some backing with their own claims that Juventus have rejected a €65million bid from City – not clarifying if that is new or the same one Juve allegedly turned down – and ‘unless of an incredible surprise’ he will be staying at the Serie A champions.
They add that Pjanic is expected to renew his contract until 2022, which could be seen as City’s name again being used as a tactic in contract renewal talks to get a player a good long-term deal.
Whether City made a bid or not for Pjanic we may never really know, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be arriving at the Etihad Stadium.