At the end of the 2021/22 season, Miralem Pjanic’s departure from Barcelona seemed so imminent that it was not even talked about. The Bosnian had left the club on loan and was said to be close to signing for Besiktas permanently.
However, when preseason came, Xavi was impressed by the midfielder’s abilities. The manager decided to take Pjanic on the tour to the USA but has not given him any minutes so far.
A summer exit is not ruled out at the moment. According to reports from Gerard Romero, the Bosnian has offers from the Saudi Arabian League, Qatari League, and the MLS in America.
Pjanic participated in 20 Super Lig games for the Turkish side last season. In that duration, he provided two assists, created two chances per game, and averaged over five defensive actions per game.
Though his initial departure from the club came because of a falling out with former manager Ronald Koeman, the change in leadership does not seem to have affected his fate. Xavi’s decision to not give him playing time is a clear statement.
The 32-year-old signed for Barcelona under Josep Maria Bartomeu’s presidency in a swap deal involving Arthur Melo. Though the club defended their move strongly, it was well known that the deal was just made to balance the books.
Since he arrived in Catalonia, Pjanic has only made six starts and 19 appearances in the league. Moreover, his only goal contribution during his time in Spain were two assists in the Champions League.