Barcelona are said to demand a transfer fee of € 35million for underprivileged midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who is a target for Premier League club Everton.
According to the Spanish publication Fichajes, Barcelona have set an asking price of € 35million for outcast midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who has appeared on the radars of Premier League team Everton.
Pjanic only signed for Barcelona last summer, in a deal that saw Arthur Melo move to Juventus. However, it can be said that the deal did not work for any of the parties involved. While Arthur struggled for his form and fitness in Italy, Pjanic struggled to break into the starting XI at Camp Nou under Ronald Koeman.
Indeed, the Bosnian international is found behind Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and young people Pedri and Ilaix Moriba in the hierarchical order of things. This led him to appear only 30 times in all competitions for the Blaugrana, with just six of those appearances at the start of La Liga.
Given his situation at Barcelona, Pjanic has been heavily linked with a summer outing, with interest from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. In addition, a return to the former club Juventus was also mentioned, especially with Massimiliano Allegri taking the reins of the Allianz stadium after the departure of Andrea Pirlo.
Now it is claimed that Premier League side Everton are also interested in signing Pjanic this summer. The Toffees have had several relationships with Barcelona in the past, having signed Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina, Sandro Ramirez and Andre Gomes. And, they’ve now set their sights on Pjanic as a fitting summer addition, even though they’re currently without a manager.
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The report adds that Everton plans to bid between € 20m and € 30m for the 31-year-old. Barcelona, for their part, are open for sale but want at least € 35million for the unsuitable midfielder. But given the difficult financial situation that the Cules meet again, a compromise could be found.
A crucial summer awaits Barcelona with a major overhaul of the squad after a hot-cold 2020/21 season. With Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Emerson, the Catalans have already signed important signings, and more are expected to come through the doors. Of course, there will also be exits, with Pjanic expected to be one of those heading for the exit gates. It remains to be seen whether he will end up signing for Everton.