From Italy: Manchester City overtake Chelsea and Barcelona in Miralem Pjanić race

Manchester City are now in pole position to sign Juventus star Miralem Pjanić, two more sources in Italy have claimed on the heels of growing reports that Pep Guardiola is in for the Bosnian midfielder.

To repeat, City are completely denying any interest in the 28-year-old, but in Italy they aren’t listening and big sources are getting information from somewhere claiming City’s interest is genuine.

Alfredo Pedulla, the first to report Chelsea’s attempts to hijack City’s deal for Jorginho, wrote on Saturday night that “City are ahead” of Chelsea and Barcelona for Pjanić.

Pedulla seems to be receiving information from Fali Ramadani, the new representative of Pjanić, which has led to the Sportitalia transfer guru getting some big Chelsea scoops this summer, with the London club shopping in Serie A.

The latest information is backed up by Sportmediaset, which claims City have ‘surpassed’ Chelsea and Barcelona in the race for Pjanić, putting them in pole position.

If Pjanić does decide to leave – and he is said to be ‘tempted’ by the three big clubs interested – then Juventus are expected to push for a huge fee of up to €100million for their best midfielder.

From City, the word is that there will be NO high-profile midfield signing this summer, but that they could sign midfield cover in the form of a less glamorous name. In Italy though, many sources (Di Marzio, Pedulla, Tuttosport, TMW, Sportmediaset) continue to insist: Manchester City want Miralem Pjanić.

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