Liverpool have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic, with reports now suggesting that the Bosnian is prepared to leave the club in the summer, regardless of whether the club are able to secure Champions League football.
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According to talkSPORT, who reference an unnamed Italian newspaper, Pjanic will almost definitely leave the Italian capital if they miss out. In addition, and in a recent twist to the story, he could STILL leave, even if they do make the top three.
Roma’s domestic form has been indifferent in recent weeks, and they are now just a point clear of neighbours and Serie A rivals Lazio in second place. With only the top two guaranteed a spot in Europe’s premier competition next season, the pressure is mounting.
Napoli missed out on the group stages of the Champions League this season, after losing to Athletic Bilbao in a two-legged qualifier, and were forced to settle for a place in the Europa League. Roma are well aware that any such repeat would similarly mark the end of Pjanic.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have had eyes on the 24-year-old for some time, as they prepare for the impending exit of captain Steven Gerrard to LA Galaxy at the end of the season, but have problems of their own if they’re convince the Barcelona and PSG target to come to Anfield.
Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United has left the Reds five points adrift of the Premier League’s top four, and Rodgers will know that any hope he has of securing his top target rests on finishing above their long-time rivals.