Barcelona are reportedly planning on activating the €38m release clause in Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic’s contract this summer.
The Bosnian international is in high demand after another impressive season in the Italian capital, and given his characteristics, he would certainly fit in well at the Nou Camp.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Barca have contacted his agent, Michael Becker, with the intention of meeting the release clause and pushing a deal through.
While the report adds that the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have all also been paired with an interest, it remains to be seen who, if any of the European giants, strikes first and lodges an official bid to make the move happen.
Pjanic has two years remaining on his current deal with the Giallorossi, although his release clause will fall to €28m next summer, thus opening up the possibility that Roma could lose him for far less than he’s worth.
The Serie A outfit are seemingly in a difficult spot this summer as they are weighing up trying to keep hold of their star players while also balancing their books.
It is claimed that they will have to consider selling at least one big name with the likes of Radja Nainggolan and Antonio Rudiger linked with exits in recent weeks, although given the level of interest in Pjanic, it seems likely that he’ll be the obvious man to be sacrificed.
The 26-year-old scored 12 goals and created 13 in 41 appearances in all competitions this past season, and although Luciano Spalletti will be desperate to keep hold of him for the foreseeable future, he may not have much choice in the matter if Barcelona are ready to activate the clause and therefore open up discussions over personal terms.