Real Madrid have reportedly lodged a €60m bid for Juventus playmaker Miralem Pjanic with the Turin giants already said to have provided a response.
Los Blancos were rocked by the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this summer, with the Portuguese superstar opting to embark on a new challenge in Turin with Juve.
As of yet, with just two weeks to go until the transfer deadline in Spain, the reigning European champions haven’t replaced their former talisman with Julen Lopetegui seemingly set to hand more responsibility to those already at his disposal.
Particularly with the likes of Isco and Marco Asensio in mind, it makes a reported move for Pjanic questionable, with Calciomercato, via the paper edition of Tuttosport, suggesting that a €60m bid from Real Madrid was rejected by the Serie A champions.
Given Pjanic’s influence, it’s easy to see why Madrid would want to sign the 28-year-old, as he has been instrumental in Juve’s success since joining from Roma two years ago, pulling the strings and dictating the tempo in midfield.
With the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro taking up the midfield roles though, there doesn’t appear to be a great deal of room for Pjanic at the Bernabeu, but perhaps the exit of Mateo Kovacic to join Chelsea on loan for the season has opened up a void in the squad as far as Lopetegui is concerned.
Nevertheless, given that the report adds that the offer was rejected, it remains to be seen whether or not Real Madrid return with an improved bid or not, as it could be argued that they’d be wise to spend their money elsewhere to replace the goals of Ronaldo, instead of adding more creativity to the side.