They don’t even have a manager confirmed for next season yet (though when has that ever stopped them doing anything), but Chelsea are reportedly making good progress in their pursuit of summer transfer targets.
It is widely expected that Italy manager Antonio Conte will succeed current interim Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink at the end of the European Championships this summer, and it would seem that the incoming Chelsea manager has his eye on a few players he knows well from his time in Serie A.
Pjanić, 25, has, as per the report, been personally identified by Conte as he looks to have laid some of the foundations of the Stamford Bridge revolution before his own arrival in July.
Miralem Pjanic: Has registered at least 3 more assists (24) than any other player in the last 3 Serie A seasons pic.twitter.com/b64BqAoXf6
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 29, 2016
17 -Pjanic has played a hand in 17 Roma’s goals this term, only 4 midfielders has done better in the top-5. Composer pic.twitter.com/3ziFBpqbfj
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) March 1, 2016
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international is reported to have a buyout clause of £31million (which Roman Abramovich could probably find if he looked down the back of his couch) and Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, who has been dispatched to Rome in recent weeks to scout and enquire about the pair, has ascertained that Pjanić would be likely to ask for around £60,000 per week in wages. (For context, 20-year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has just signed a contract worth £5,000 per week more than that).
Chelsea’s likely exclusion from next season’s Champions League could be a stumbling block, but the prospect of Roma’s involvement in next season’s competition is by no means guaranteed either so the player may decide that a long-term Stamford Bridge project may appeal to him more.