With Real Madrid star Toni Kroos being their top priority target, Manchester United are also believed to be keeping a close eye on Roma’s Bosnia & Herzegovina international Pjanic, who has been linked with a possible move to Chelsea. Daily Star reports.
The highly-rated 25-year-old midfielder has netted nine times and made eight assists in 24 league appearances with Roma this season.
According to a report from The Times, Italy boss Antonio Conte has already prepared a list of transfer targets ahead of his most likely move to Stamford Bridge and he has recommended Pjanic as a top priority summer target for Chelsea.
According to some reports, the Blues have already opened talks over a staggering deal, with their lead negotiator Marina Granovskaia believed to have held a positive meeting with the player’s agent.
However Manchester United could yet successfully outrun Chelsea’s bid to sign the midfielder, if they are ready to meet his £31m buyout clause.
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s injury problems in the midfield are easing with Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini in contention to face West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. But van Gaal still needs consistency in the centre and a player of Pjanic’s calibre can certainly boost United’s attacking play next season.
Born in Yugoslavia, Pjanic has played for two other clubs formerly – Lyon and Metz between the years 2007 and 2011. At Roma, Pjanic has been playing since 2011 and has been impressive throughout this season in Serie A. He mainly covers the centre or right midfield area. Pjanic is well known for his meticulous passing and direct free kicks. His style of play includes taking long shots, dribbling, playing through balls and taking set pieces.
Not only an interest from Premier league, La Liga giants Real Madrid are also in the race and to seal the deal at the earliest, the Spanish club has already contacted Pjanic’s agent to work out an option to sign him, or at least make sure he will not commit to joining a different club without ‘Los Blancos’ being able to match the offer first. Perez does not want to miss out on signing the Bosnian.