Juventus midfield star Miralem Pjanic is being tempted by interest from Manchester City and Barcelona, Turin-based Tuttosport reports.
The newspaper has run several stories about City being interested in the 28-year-old this summer, with claims that the Blues had a €50million bid rejected around May, which led Pep Guardiola to instead pursue Jorginho.
And it has since been suggested that City could go back for Pjanic after an ultimately fruitless pursuit of Jorginho, who has joined Chelsea, with Pjanic having the ideal profile for a Guardiola midfield.
The problem for City, who were only willing to pay so much for Jorginho, is that they’d have to pay significantly more for Bosnian midfielder Pjanic.
Despite a huge outlay on Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus have no need to sell Pjanic, with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain (linked with Chelsea) expected to go instead, but an unbelievable offer in the range of €80million to €90million could change their mind.
Tuttosport have reason to believe City, who they highlight as being ‘the richest club in the world’, will return for Pjanic, but given the club’s hardline stance over valuations of late, it seems a stretch to believe they’d be willing to cough up €80million-plus.
The recent noises from England are that City may not even add another central midfielder to the squad, and again rely on 33-year-old Fernandinho, with support from Ilkay Gündogan and Fabian Delph – playing in his natural role – fpr the number 6 role.
French youngster Claudio Gomes, who will officially join the club when he turns 18 this month, also comes highly rated but it remains to be seen if he is ready for the rigors of Premier League football.