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Marseille looking to replace Boubacar Kamara with misfit Barcelona midfielder



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Miralem Pjanic is one of the players facing an uncertain future at Barcelona and is likely to be offloaded as part of Xavi’s massive squad overhaul.

Since joining from Juventus, the midfielder has never quite managed to live up to his expectations, enduring a difficult debut campaign in Spain before being forced to join Besiktas on a season-long loan deal.

His time in Turkey was not eye-catching either, and the midfielder is now set to return to Catalunya, with his current contract expiring in 2024.

Given Pedri and Gavi’s rapid rise to prominence, coupled with Barcelona’s likely capture of Franck Kessie, it is apparent Pjanic does not have any future at the club.

A move away from Camp Nou, therefore, appears to be the most logical outcome for the Bosnian international. He does not have any shortage of suitors either, with Marseille among the clubs interested in his services, reports Tuttosport.

Although highly distinguished for his success at AS Roma and Juventus, Pjanic had initially started his career in France. He played for Metz and Lyon, before eventually joining Roma in 2011.

More than a decade later, Pjanic could now be set for a return to France, with Marseille reportedly keen on his services.

The club’s president Pablo Longoria shares an excellent relationship with Barcelona’s sporting director Mateu Alemany. Their positive contact could lead to the sale of Pjanic to Marseille, who view the experienced midfielder as an ideal replacement for Boubacar Kamara.

The young midfielder has recently joined Aston Villa in a free transfer, thus creating a massive void in OM’s second line of press.

The French outfit want to fill the gap by acquiring the services of Pjanic, but with the midfielder also courted by other clubs across Europe, it will be interesting to see how things transpire in the coming weeks.

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