Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic is one of the five first-team players who is yet to receive a single minute of playing time so far this season.
And despite Xavi Hernandez insisting earlier this summer that he had decided to keep hold of the Bosnian midfielder, he could still end up leaving the club before the transfer window closes.
Of late, Pjanic is attracting interest from clubs in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Now, Mundo Deportivo is reporting that the 32-year-old is on the radars of his former club Olympique Lyon.
The midfielder joined Barça in the summer of 2020 from Juventus, in a move that saw Arthur Melo the other way. However, he endured a difficult debut campaign at Spotify Camp Nou before spending the last season on loan at Besiktas.
Upon returning to Barcelona, it seemed certain that Pjanic would depart. However, after his impressive performances in training and pre-season games, Xavi decided to keep him at the club, instead letting Nico Gonzalez join Valencia on loan.
However, despite that, Pjanic is yet to step on the field in La Liga this season. There was hope that he could get minutes when Sergio Busquets was suspended for the game against Real Sociedad, but Xavi opted for Frenkie de Jong instead.
With his situation not improving, the 32-year-old veteran’s agent met with Barcelona director Mateu Alemany earlier today to assess the possible options in front of him.
And a return to Lyon, where he spent three years between 2008 and 2011, could be on the cards for Pjanic.
The ex-AS Roma and Juventus ace had stated earlier that he is happy to continue at Barcelona. But with no game-time forthcoming, it will be interesting to see what decision he takes with regard to his immediate future.