Stamford Bridge boss eyes up Ligue 1 star in the making.
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Chelsea will make a renewed attempt to sign Lyon midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
The Blues enquired about the 20-year-old’s availability in November but were rebuffed by Lyon general manager Bernard Lacombe. With the club suffering from a lack of creativity of late, Pjanis has been earmarked as a potential solution to this problem and the long-term successor to 32-year-old Frank Lampard.
While Pjanic has yet to show the kind of eye for goal that has become the trademark of Lampard’s career, his composure on the ball and tremendous vision belies his tender years. With France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff also at Lyon, manager Claude Puel has struggled to fit them both into the same team, often having to move one or the other out of their natural position.
Chelsea are hoping that this quandary, together with a bid of around £15m, will persuade the Ligue 1 club to cash in and remove a selection headache. (Sportingo)
20 year old Miralem Pjanic is considered by many to be one of the hottest prospects in Europe and the attack minded midfielder may well be the man Carlo Ancelotti is after to take on Frank Lampard’s mantle as a pivotal part of the Blues long term plans. The Bosnian international is in his third season at Lyon and last term was a crucial part of the team’s run to the Champions League semi-finals and there are many sides reportedly interested in nabbing him from the Ligue 1 side.
The Stamford Bridge club has reportedly been tracking the youngster’s progress and now Chelsea may be prepared to reignite their interest in Pjanic, not least because the club is clearly in something of a mini-crisis at present.
Ancelotti is mindful that his West London side is getting on a bit and injection of youth would do the world of good and Roman Abramovich is apparently ready to sanction significant moves in the transfer market for players who have good resale value possibilities and can help make up part of the club’s next generation of talent and the former Metz man would perfectly fit that criteria.
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