Pjanić seeking return to Serie A: Roma refuse to open talks

Andy Mattioli

It has been a rough year for Miralem Pjanić. The 31-year-old midfielder, after four years at Juventus, spent the last season warming Barcelona’s bench. Only 19 total La Liga appearances for the Bosnian international, whose output got considerably reduced under Ronald Koeman’s tenure. Now, the former Roma player is looking for solutions as Barça are working on an exit for the midfielder to reduce their exceeding wage bill.

According to Il Tempo, Pjanić wants to return to Serie A and his agents have been offering his services to a number of teams in the Italian league, including his former club – Roma. The player, however, has very high contractual demands – €10 million in bonuses upon signing (since he would be on a free) and €6 million net salary over two years. Such figures for a player of his age do not fit Roma’s new direction considering Pinto’s main task for this summer mercato is to get rid of exorbitant player wages. Thus, for now, the club have refused to open talks with Pjanić.

The Bosnian international’s entourage have made attempts to contact the likes of Milan, Napoli and Juventus. All three teams have made it clear that the player’s demands are too high.