Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked with a move for Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic this summer.
However, if his agent’s movements are anything to go by, all three look set to miss out on his signature.
The Barca man has stepped closer to a move back to Italy as his agent looks to advance negotiations with Inter Milan, according to CalcioMercato via SPORT.
Fali Ramadani, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international’s agent, will visit Inter Milan in the coming days as Simone Inzaghi looks to build upon his first signing at the club, Hakan Calhanoglu, dealing significant blows to the Gunners, the Blues and Spurs in their pursuit of the Barcelona playmaker.
Pjanic, who is one of the highest earner at the Catalan giants, is among many others on the wage bill that Barcelona are looking to offload as they continue to fight their financial woes in a bid to renew Lionel Messi’s bumper contract.
The Bosnian, who joined Barcelona from Juventus in 2020 for £54 million, featured 30 times this season in Ronald Koeman’s side playing a mere average of 43.2 minutes a game.
Chelsea have not only been in contact with the Pjanic at Barcelona, but also Antoine Griezmann, report the Daily Star.
Barcelona signed the Frenchman from Atletico Madrid in 2019 for £107 million on a five-year deal and stamped a £717 million release clause – now the 26-time La Liga champions are looking to offload the forward at all costs.
The Blues turned down the opportunity to sign Griezmann despite the World Cup winner’s representatives being present in London and keen to further talks, report the Daily Star.
However, although the Blues turned down the chance to sign the 30-year-old striker, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has been a public admirer of Griezmann stemming from the German’s days as Paris Saint Germain boss.
In 2019, Tuchel claimed that every manager in the world would love the opportunity to work with the Barcelona striker, who then had announced he was leaving Diego Simeone’s side, but was adamant that PSG needed defensive reinforcements instead.
Speaking to the media via SI, Tuchel said: “Griezmann can play with every team in the world. It would please any coach, but right now it’s not realistic [for PSG].
“We are looking for players with certain profiles, it must be realistic. We need defensive profiles and we have to start with that.”
In light of Chelsea’s spectacular defensive record under Tuchel, it sparks the question as to whether the Blues boss sustains his interest in the Frenchman and whether he still would have enjoyed welcoming Griezmann into his side.
Source by Football London