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Pjanić to Barça: Sensible transfer or simply a P(j)anic buy?

Aaryan Parasnis

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With football nearing a return, transfer rumors are also flying around the block. Most recent news on the blaugrana front? The potential arrival of Bosnian Miralem Pjanić to Barça.


The COVID-19 pandemic may have brought world football to a standstill, but the transfer rumor mill is still running strong. Of late, there has been a lot of buzz about the possible transfer of Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanić to Barça. The veteran Juventus midfielder is reportedly very keen on a move to Barcelona. But, as most transfer speculation involving high profile clubs goes, this too is not straightforward.

According to reports from various news outlets, including Mundo Deportivo, the deal to bring Pjanić to the Camp Nou is in motion. The 30-year-old is interested in joining and the Catalans are supposedly keen to add him to the squad too. However, Juve seem unwilling to let him go unless the two clubs settle on a swap deal. And that is where the complication lies.

Miralem Pjanić Juventus Barça

Mundo Deportivo has reported that Pjanić has said ‘yes’ to Barça, but it’s Juventus’ approval of the transfer what’s missing | Photo by Alberto Gandolfo / Pacific Press via Imago

It looks like Juventus will only let Pjanić depart if Barcelona offer Arthur as part of the deal. Both midfielders are valued at 60 million euros, which could be a capital gain for both sides. Barcelona have reportedly tried to include Iván Rakitić and Arturo Vidal, but Juve are not interested. They want Arthur, yet the Brazilian has clearly stated his intent to stay and succeed with the azulgranas.

❛ The only option that interests me is staying at Barcelona. The supposed interest of big clubs is always flattering and a positive sign, but my mind is on playing for Barcelona for many years ❜

Arthur Melo

Further reports have also suggested that if an adequate agreement regarding player exchanges is not reached, then the deal will fall through. And that seems not only likely but also logical from Barça’s standpoint. Arthur’s departure to bring in a 30-year-old will not make much sense in the long run.

Can Pjanić offer anything substantial to Barça?

There is no doubt that Miralem Pjanić is an exceptional midfielder with a plethora of tricks up his sleeve. While he is not the fastest or the most physically imposing, he more than makes up for it with his vast technical ability. He has a terrific passing range, vision, great spatial awareness and footwork. All these attributes put him in a bracket along with the best in his position. His tenacity and willingness to press also make him tactically versatile, meaning he can be deployed in various positions across the middle of the park. He is also very efficient from set-pieces.

All these traits mean Pjanić is more than capable of playing for any top team, including Barcelona. Nonetheless, Barça already have a spectacular squad with all these qualities among their ranks. Everyone from immense passers, dribblers, creators, to a notoriously ruthless set piece specialist.

❛ Arthur arrived as the potential successor to Xavi because of his similar style of play, so it makes no sense to sell him when he is just 23 years old and has his career ahead of him ❜

Rivaldo
former Barça and Brazil legend

So, realistically speaking, Pjanić would not add anything significantly different to the squad. Additionally, letting a tremendous young prospect like Arthur, who is already showing what he can offer in years to come, would be nothing short of senseless and bizarre. Even fellow Brazilian and Barça legend Rivaldo seems to agree.


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Superagent Raiola wants to transfer Haaland to Barcelona to improve club bonds

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According to reliable journalist Oriol Domènech, Mino Raiola is rumoured to be interested in improving his bonds with Barcelona, and is ready to offer one of his star-clients in the process.

Raiola is one of football’s biggest agents, boasting of managing some world-class clients such as Paul Pogba, Marco Verratti, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and of course the wonderkid Erling Haaland.

Undoubtedly, the last name is the one that entices fans around the globe the most. Breaking out at Red Bull Salzburg, Haaland made a name for himself with his sensational performances in the Champions League, earning him a move to Borussia Dortmund. His start to life at Dortmund could not have been better, as he cracked on with his first hattrick in Germany on his debut.

Moreover, he has pitched in with a nearly unbelievable 35 goals in 34 appearances for the Dortmund outfit since then, averaging a goal every 75 minutes in the Bundesliga — a ratio better than any other player in Bundesliga history to have scored 10 goals or more.

Unfortunately for what it is worth, Dortmund has been the club that can retain talent such as the Norwegian’s. In the past, they have had to let go of players such as Ousmane Dembele, Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, with Jadon Sancho continued to be linked out of the club as well. It is clear that Haaland has already outgrown the Yellow Wall and is ready to take the next step in his career.

That serves as good news for Barcelona fans, more than anyone, as they are in the market for a striker. Strongly linked to Lautaro Martinez in the past, a move failed to materialise owing to Inter Milan’s mammoth €120 million asking price. However, as it turns out, the Blaugrana could be getting the signature of a player termed as a generational talent for a mere €75 million — his release clause.

Undoubtedly, the €75 million will also carry the baggage of having Mino Raiola’s agent fee, which, in the past, has never failed to shock fans. Coupled that with his nature to keep his clients protected with never-ending controversial statements, it might be a deal that Barça will have to think through.

Joan Laporta is reportedly on good terms with the Italian, though, which could make the transition of working with him easier, if the Spaniard is elected president of Barcelona on 24th – or later, as has been reported recently. Either way, Barcelona cannot, and should not pass up the chance to sign one of the greatest talents in world football right now, especially since arch-rivals Real Madrid have set their eyes on a certain Kylian Mbappe.

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