Not content with all but securing Zlatan Ibrahimović and entering into talks for Villarreal defender Eric Bailly, Manchester United are reportedly on the trail of another of Europe’s hottest properties.
Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanić has been linked with the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain this summer, and the Manchester Evening News and La Repubblica are reporting that new Manchester United boss José Mourinho has joined the ranks of the Bosnia and Herzegovina international’s suitors.
Pjanić, an €11m signing from Lyon in 2011, has become one of the stars of Serie A in recent years, possessing a keen eye for a pass as well as being one of the best free kick takers in world football.
The 26 year old would cost around £30m, with his contract set to run out in two years.
Roma face a battle to keep hold of stars Pjanić, Radja Nainggolan and Antonio Rüdiger – it seems almost certain that at least one of that trio will leave, though Giallorossi manager Luciano Spalletti will be loath to let all three depart in the same summer.
The report states that Mourinho wants to sign at least four players this summer – a right winger, central midfielder, centre back and striker – and with Zlatan and Bailly filling two of those slots, it would mean that the Old Trafford club would have conducted the a large amount of their transfer business while the transfer window is in its infancy.
André Gomes, Franco Vazquez and João Mário have also been linked with Manchester United; all would probably cost in and around the same price as Pjanić.
All in all, the signing of a playmaker would push Juan Mata further towards the exit door. The Spanish international has reportedly already been told he hasn’t got a Manchester United future under the new regime, so a return to La Liga looks to be in the offing for the former Valencia star.
Pjanić is a wanted man this summer, but his ultimate destination is still a relative mystery.