It may only be March, but apparently it's time to start fretting about which Roma stars will be plucked by the greedy claws of the Premierships latest rebuild. In this instance, we're talking about Chelsea's latest regime change, reportedly headed by Antonio Conte, who have already set their sites on several Serie A standouts including our very own Miralem Pjanic.
Outside of CdT's namesake, Pjanic has probably been the most discussed player around here, and for good reason: he's damn good and appears to actually be getting better. Sure, he drifts in and out of games occasionally, but his presence on the pitch, his skill on the ball, and his rebirth as an advanced attacker under Spalletti has made him one of the league's best players. Besides, he's taken to this club and to life in Roma like a duck in water; an important trait, you may have noticed.
Of course, we're all well aware of Roma's €45 million buyout clause, chump change for Chelsea, but given how critical he's proven to be under Spalletti, can the Giallorossi really dismiss him out of hand? Sure, Roma may have Leandro Paredes in their back pocket, and while he's exhibited some impressive growth with Empoli, can we hand the keys to someone that young and that unproven?
If these rumors hold any water, Roma may have to answer that question sooner than they prefer. With a reported €76,000 per week wage offer on the table, James Pallotta will have to conjure up an awful lot of sweet talk, not too mention cash, to keep Pjanic in town.