Real Madrid have reportedly stepped up their efforts to sign Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic in the last 24 hours, according to sources in Spain.
This would be an important transfer to provide both a long-term replacement for Luka Modric and an immediate body in midfield to replace Mateo Kovacic after his loan to Chelsea.
According to Diario Gol, however, this looks a tricky operation for Madrid, who have offered Juventus €60million for Pjanic in the last 24 hours, but been told the Bosnia international will in fact cost closer to €90m.
It will be interesting to see if Los Blancos can reach some kind of compromise with Juventus as they seem determined to land a new midfielder before the end of the transfer window on August 31.
Don Balon has also linked Real strongly with a move for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in that position, while this Diario Gol piece states Florentino Perez would only really like to pay the big bucks for a player like Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
Pjanic has, however, been one of Europe’s top ball-playing midfielders for a number of years now and seems an ideal fit to come in at the Bernabeu.