Juventus to complete €38m swoop for in-demand Serie A playmaker

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Juventus are on the verge of wrapping up a deal to sign Roma star Miralem Pjanic after activating the €38m release clause in his contract.

After another stellar campaign in the Italian capital, the Bosnian international had been attracting plenty of attention in recent weeks.

From Barcelona to Chelsea, many of the top European clubs were monitoring his situation, with the Giallorossi coming under increasing pressure to keep all their star names at the club amid talk of financial restrictions.

While it appeared as though Radja Nainggolan could be the one to be sacrificed with Antonio Conte keen on taking him to Stamford Bridge, the serious knee injury suffered by Antonio Rudiger this week changed the entire landscape of the summer transfer market for the Serie A outfit.

In turn, it now appears as though Pjanic is all set for Turin, a move that would undoubtedly infuriate Roma supporters who have already started to display their anger on social media.

“Juventus have activated the €38m clause and we expect to finalise the transfer very soon,” Adis Junuzovic told N1.

“There were a lot of clubs interested in him, PSG [Paris Saint-Germain], Chelsea, Barcelona… Juventus were the fastest and most concrete.

“The signing of the contract? That should happen within the next week, and then there’s the official presentation.”

Pjanic scored 12 goals and created 13 in 41 appearances in all competitions last season, and Roma will now have a tough job on their hands in replacing his creativity in the side moving forward.

As for Juventus, it’s another major move for Massimiliano Allegri, who continues to strengthen his squad with a view of continuing their domestic dominance as well as conquering the Champions League.

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