KEY POINTS

  • Pjanic wants to move to Barcelona
  • Pjanic shuns PSG offer
  • Chelsea also out of the running for Pjanic

It appears that Miralem Pjanic has made up his mind on where he will play next. Currently with Juventus FC, the 30-year-old midfielder is considering a jump to Barcelona where he can play alongside Lionel Messi. This douses whatever any hope that at least two teams have on the Bosnian. These are Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.

According to Mundo Deportivo, PSG made an attractive offer to Pjanic but was turned down. This came from the club's sporting director Leonardo but added it was not enough to convince the Bosnian football player to move to Le Parc des Princes. It was here where it was confirmed that Pjanic preferred to play for Barca. The 30-year-old footballer believes that his style fits the system of Barcelona aside from the opportunity to play alongside Messi.

However, there are obstacles along the way. Like most teams, Barca is not spared from financial issues. To get Pjanic, it may take an exchange of multiple players to push through. However, that can only materialize if Juve wants the players to be offered. If not, Barcelona may have to go the long route and send off some players and raise the case to bring in the Bosnian.

Either way, Barcelona is confident that adding Pjanic would be a big boost to the team. Former Lyon teammate Cesar Delgado believes he could fit in perfectly at Barcelona and blend well with Messi, Marca reported.

"He's not a defensive player, but he's able to find a pass and to pause on the ball," Delgado said.

The growing interest in Pjanic is understandable. He has been performing well for Juventus since arriving in 2016. That included winning three Serie A titles and two Italian Cups. This season, he has scored three goals together with two assists in 22 league appearances. There is no doubt Pjanic could be a great addition to Chelsea and PSG, two teams in need of new blood.

The Blues are busy trying to revamp their roster with the Frank Lampard targeting several players. But recent developments may ease the burden for Chelsea. Olivier Giroud, someone most speculated to be on the way out, has re-signed for a year. Willian, another player seeing a long-term deal, has yet to iron things out with the Blues. But if the Giroud case was settled, there is a chance that the Brazilian could be next on Lampard's list.

Miralem Pjanic Roma 2014 Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, left, is one of several players Liverpool hopes to sign in place of legend Steven Gerrard. Photo: Reuters