The rampant speculation from Italy that Manchester City want to sign Juventus midfield maestro Miralem Pjanic is finally slowing down after Pep Guardiola stated publicly that the Blues wouldn’t be pursuing him.
On paper, a player of Pjanic’s talent and compatibility with Guardiola’s style of football sounds like a no-brainer as an alternative to Jorginho, who had been Pep’s primary summer target before Chelsea snatched him.
So why are Manchester City not going for Pjanic?
The answer, according to Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror, may be related to the player’s price-tag rather than his abilities. Mullock reports in today’s edition of the weekend newspaper that Pjanic HAS been offered to City for £90million – which would smash the club-record by around £30million.
City are known nowadays for setting limits on how much they will pay for a player and refusing to go above them. And in Pjanic’s case, City have no interest in paying £90million for the 28-year-old.
Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez, for example, do not even make the list of 10 most expensive signings ever, while Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have several individual players to have cost more than anyone bought by the Blues.
Pjanic does not seem to be a player City would be willing to change that for, unlike a Kylian Mbappé type were he to ever become available, so unless hardline negotiators Juventus drop their asking price, the chances of Bosnian star Pjanic rocking up at the Etihad Stadium this summer seem remote.
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