A small year and then go? On June 29, 2020, Barça formalized the arrival of Miralem Pjanic for four seasons. “FC Barcelona and Juventus have reached an agreement for the transfer of Miralem Pjanic. The cost of the operation will be 60 million euros and 5 million in the form of variables “, could we read on the press release. While Arthur flew to Turin for € 82 million (bonus included), the Bosnian midfielder landed in Catalonia to live his dream. This is what he explained during his presentation press conference in mid-September.
“It is a huge pride for me to be here, as well as for my family. We are very happy. I will fight to bring the club to where it needs to be and to win trophies. I am proud to enter this stadium. As a child, I already dreamed of it. To be part of this club is extraordinary. I am in the biggest club in the world and, for me, it is a source of pride. It is a step forward in my career. It’s a challenge to be in this locker room with all these great champions. I hope to help with my experience and my football. I will try to play my football ”. But the reality was nothing of a dream.
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From dream to nightmare
Come to defend the Culés and evolve in the midfield with, as we imagined, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets, the footballer born in 1990 failed to integrate and even tumbled in the hierarchy of midfielders . Author of 28 appearances in all competitions under the Blaugrana jersey, “Miré” Pjanic was only established 13 times by Ronald Koeman (O goal, 0 assist). A coach with whom the tension has grown over the season, with the former Juventus player increasingly showing his discontent publicly.
But the situation has not really changed and, at the end of the season, Mundo Deportivo revealed that the player wanted to leave if Koeman stayed at Barca. Which will eventually be the case. The player under contract until 2024 recently gave an update on his future. “A departure from FC Barcelona? It’s hard to talk about it now. I’m enjoying my family vacation and I’m just thinking about it for the moment. In July they will resume training for the new season and I will join the team. We will then see what will happen ”. Behind the scenes, the discourse would be quite different.
Pjanic wets the jersey to come back
Courted by Chelsea and Inter Milan, Pjanic would have only one desire: to return to Juventus. And on the side of Turin, we have of course heard the call of the middle foot. Especially Massilimiano Allegri. The Italian, who has already led the Bosnian, was congratulated by the latter at the time of the formalization of his return to the bianconero bench. What he replied according to Sport : “Thank you, ‘Miré.’ I am waiting for you with me! Here you will be a protagonist again ”. Allegri wants to make him the boss of his midfield while the player does not hide his impatience to return to Turin, a city and a club where he shone. He even told his entourage to listen only to Turin’s proposals.
Sport also gives the details of this operation, since a loan of one or two years is under consideration. A solution that could be suitable for Culés, who could reduce their workforce and their payroll, they who have a significant debt. Pjanic, who has a release clause set at € 400m, earns a salary of between € 6.5m and € 7.5m per year. A substantial sum for an item whose rating continues to decline. According to the specialized site Transfermarkt, the market value of Pjanic was 45 M € on August 25, 2020. Now it has reached 20 M €, ie a drop of 25 M € over one year! Both Barça and the player want to quickly put an end to this disappointing collaboration.