Tottenham are in the market for Lyon midfielder, Miralem Pjanic, and reports suggest they could be close to a £9m bid. The arrival of Pjanic, free-roaming, creative midfielder would surely signal the end of Luka Modric’s Spurs career.
Pjanic is a Serbian international, despite appearing at youth level for Luxembourg. After making his name with first club Metz, the midfielder moved to Lyon for €8m in a high-profile move.
Despite a lot of early promise, for instance, scoring several crucial goals – most of them from distance – during Lyon’s push to the semi-finals of the Champions League two years ago, Pjanic has found himself down the pecking order due to coach Rémi Garde’s preference for French golden boy, Yoann Gourcuff.
Originally drafted in to replace Lyon legend, Junino Pernambucano, it seems Pjanic has himself been replaced and may turn his eye to offers from abroad to provide a new challenge.
Pjanic is just the sort of player Harry Redknapp seems to get the best out of. A player of the ilk of Modric, or perhaps more truthfully, like Van Der Vaart, such is his ability to shoot from distance. He would fit easily into the Tottenham side.
The issue at hand though, with Rafael Van Der Vaart, Luka Modric ahead of him, and even Niko Kranjcar and Steven Pienaar unable to get into the team beyond them, is the player needed? Absolutely not. Will he be needed next week? Almost certainly.
After the weekend’s inflammatory outburst from Modric, the matter seems likely to be resolved sooner rather than later. Surely Spurs cannot keep a player who so publicly values a rival team above them. Surely pride comes into the equation soon enough.
By selling Modric and purchasing the reasonably cheap Pjanic, Redknapp would have found himself adequate cover, who may obviously grow into the stature of a player like Modric, as well as pocketing the £16m/17m difference between the two players, to reinvest on others.