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Napoli have expressed their interest in loaning 32-year-old Barcelona midfielder

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A recent report from Diario SPORT has offered an update on the future of Miralem Pjanic. The Bosnian midfielder is set to return from his loan spell at Besiktas later this summer, but he is not involved in Xavi Hernandez’s plans for next season.

Pjanic had joined the club in 2020 in a swap deal involving Arthur Melo. But the midfielder never really managed to establish himself as a key player at Camp Nou, often lacking game-time.

He featured in just over 600 minutes of league football during his maiden season in La Liga. His lack of prominence in the first team saw Barça sanction a loan deal to Besiktas last summer.

One year later, the Bosnian could once again be on the move, but this time on a permanent deal as Barcelona look to cash in on him in the summer transfer window.

Pjanic does have two years remaining on his contract at Camp Nou. But he is unlikely to leapfrog the likes of Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Gavi and potential new signing Franck Kessie in the pecking order next season.

It has compelled Barcelona to offload at the end of the season. The midfielder has no shortage of suitors either, including Napoli, who have been quite serious about signing the former AS Roma starlet.

Under the tutelage of Luciano Spalletti, the Partenopei had mounted a rather sustained title challenge in Serie A this term. Although they fell behind the Milan clubs eventually, the club remain keen on adding some quality in the new season, in order to repeat the feat.

Pjanic fits the bill well for Napoli as the 32-year-old has immense experience at the highest level of football and can offer the security in possession.

With Barcelona determined to offload the player in the summer, he could be available on a cut-price deal as well, thus creating an excellent market opportunity for the Italian giants.

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