According to a report by Mundo Deportivo, via Sport Witness, Tottenham Hotspur are now ‘willing to take the first step’ to sign Barcelona ace Miralem Pjanic – with new managing director Fabio Paratici knowing him well from Juventus.
The Lowdown: Spurs eyeing Pjanic?
This alleged Spurs transfer development even garnered praise by pundits in the press, with pundit Alan Hutton raving over the reported enquiry to Football Insider whilst calling Pjanic an ‘amazing player’.
The Latest: Tottenham now ‘willing to take the first step’
As per another report from Spain, this time from Mundo Deportivo, the Lilywhites are ‘willing to take the first step’ to sign Pjanic with his Barcelona future in doubt.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international struggled last season and his club apparently wanted him to leave as a free agent this summer and help reduce their enormous wage bill.
While it is stated that Pjanic would prefer a move back to Juventus, the Turin giants are prioritising Euro 2020 star Manuel Locatelli as more of a prime target.
This has allowed Spurs and Paratici to potentially make a move as they weigh the first step.
The Verdict: Worth it?
It’s little wonder Barca wish to offload Pjanic given his sky high salary and limited appearances last term, with the 31-year-old starting just six La Liga matches.
However, it is obvious the midfield dynamo has quality in his locker by his many great seasons in Serie A and 100 international caps for Bosnia.
Over his 281 appearances in the Italian top flight across stints at both Juve and Roma, Pjanic bagged a noteworthy 42 goals and 73 assists from midfield (Transfermarkt).
He also possesses vast experience in the Champions League with 80 cameos in Europe’s peak competition.
It would be a financial gamble by chairman Daniel Levy and director Paratici, but one which could provide a player with a wealth of experience.
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