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Official: Miralem Pjanic leaves Barcelona to join Besiktas on loan

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The 2021 summer window has been one of many twists for FC Barcelona. While the European transfer window officially ended two days ago, that of Turkey has not as of yet. As such, turkish club Besiktas has knocked on Miralem Pjanic’s door to force a move, and they have landed their man.

The deal will be a loan for one year with the Turkish giants, with the net payable amount listed at €2.75 million as salary to the Bosnian.

The reason for this sudden departure is that he knew he did not want to be a fringe player for the Catalan club for the months to come. While it has not been said directly, it is clear as day that Ronald Koeman does not consider him in his plans.

Pjanic’s situation at Barcelona was far from ideal, all the way from his arrival to his tenure at the club. He came to the Catalan capital on the back of a rather infamous swap deal involving Arthur Melo. Upon arrival he was expected to provide competition for Sergio Busquets and hold his own in the midfield, but things didn’t go as planned.

He fell down the pecking order, and his woeful outing against Elche proved to be his last in the pivot role. The Bosnian could do little to come in the way of Pedri Gonzalez, to whom he became an experienced understudy, and with Busquets’ form in the latter half of the season there was simply no getting past him.

Over the course of the past few months he has been intent on leaving and Barca have been stern in parting ways with him. The reported deals with Juventus, Fiorentina and AC Milan came to nothing, and deadline day came with him still very much donning the Garnet and Blue of Barcelona.

Naturally this is a move that benefits all parties involved. Pjanic gets a club that will see value in him, Barcelona relieves themselves of a burden in midfield and Besiktas add an experienced midfielder to their ranks.

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