”I Have A Deal To Play With Sterling” – £70m Rated Star Cries Out For Chelsea Move… Chelsea are reportedly ready to offer £30 million-rated AS Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic a three-year contract worth £65,000 per week. It’s a deal that could raise questions about Oscar’s future at Stamford Bridge beyond this season.
Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard has described how Roma view Pjanic’s situation headed toward the summer transfer window: “The Serie A club fear the £30 million-rated Bosnia international has already decided he wants to leave and will not sign an extension to his current contract, which expires in 2018.”
Roma’s doubts are counteracted by optimism at Stamford Bridge, particularly with the arrival of their next manager: “Pjanic boasts the most assists in Serie A with 10 and has also scored an impressive 12 times in all competitions. It is believed he is interested in moving to Chelsea, who will have current Italy coach Antonio Conte in charge next season.”
Antonio Conte taking over is likely to accelerate any interest in Pjanic. The former Juventus chief knows the Bosnian pass-master well from his time in Italy’s top flight.
Yet despite Pjanic’s obvious creativity and flair, Chelsea are already well-stocked with technical quality in midfield. The presence of Cesc Fabregas ensures the Blues boast sufficient vision in the middle.
A duo of Fabregas and Pjanic, even in front of a robust holding player, may lack balance. Of course, Chelsea can clear the deck for Pjanic by dumping one incumbent playmaker.
Johnson has also stated how Juventus are likely to be keen observers of Chelsea’s interest, given the Turin club’s ongoing interest in Brazilian schemer Oscar. Selling Oscar would open a void for a creative player such as Panic.
But a lot will depend on how Conte intends his team to play. When he built a title-winning squad at Juve, midfield excellence proved the key.