We have talked at length about Miralem Pjanic in these spaces over the past several years. From his last minute acquisition in the summer of 2011 to his virtual banishment under Zdenek Zeman, Pjanic has had quite the tumultuous tenure with Roma. However, Pjanic has taken his game to an entirely new level the past few seasons, and has looked particularly dangerous in his new attacking role under Luciano Spalletti.
However, Pjanic's name has always had the cache of a rising star, so it really wasn't surprising to learn that virtually every mega club in Europe was scouting the young Bosnian. Well, given his recent ascendancy, one of those mega clubs is reportedly lining up a mega offer for young Pjanic.
The Gazzetta dello Sport reported earlier today that PSG is prepared to offer a stupendous player + cash swap for Pjanic. In addition to giving Roma a cut rate on PSG-loanee Lucas Digne, the Parisians are reportedly prepared to include their own midfield prodigy, Adrien Rabiot, to whom Roma has been extensively connected over the past year or so, plus a further €15m in cash compensations for Pjanic's signature this summer.
Given Rabiot's impressive play this season, the previously speculated €19m price tag may now look like a bargain. Combine that with the €15 million buyout clause on Digne's loan, plus the cash added into this reported deal, and we're looking at near €50 million package when all is said and done, one that secures the left back spot for the foreseeable future and finds a replacement for Pjanic.
This is certainly one of the juicier rumors we've been party to over the past few years, and without a guaranteed spot in the Champions League next year, it may prove too lucrative for Roma to resist, or will it?
PSG is hardly alone in their pursuit of Pjanic, with everyone from Madrid to Barcelona to Chelsea supposedly keen on his services, so its not hard to imagine a bidding war ensuing for a player just entering his prime years. If that were indeed the case, €50 million may be the starting point of the negotiations. But this deal, despite the blow of losing Pjanic, would cover a lot of holes in Roma's lineup.
So what do we think?