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Report: Everton interested in signing Barcelona outcast

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According to a report from Fichajes, midfielder Miralem Pjanic has more than one option to leave Barcelona this summer. It is no longer a secret that the Bosnian does not fit into the club and coach Ronald Koeman’s plans, thus, an expendable in this crucial summer window.

Given the magnitude of Barcelona’s financial crisis, every penny is important. Pjanic’s arrival as part of a swap deal between the Catalans and Juventus has been a puzzling and controversial decision. Merely a shady operation to balance the books, it has expectedly not gone well.

Recent reports have constantly speculated a move back to Turin for Pjanic, with Barcelona and Juventus discussing more swap deals. But now another avenue has opened up, as Premier League outfit Everton have reportedly shown an interest in the Bosnian.

The Toffees are supposedly readying an offer between the range of 20 to 30 million euros to secure the midfielder’s services. However, Barcelona have slapped an asking price of 35 million according to the report. It was previously suggested that they are asking for around 60 million euros, similar to the price he signed for as part of the controversial deal.

While 35 million would be a significant loss, they have try and sell as realistically as possible to ease their burden. Additionally, given his age, lack of form and minutes, no team will be willing to match a high asking price for the 31-year old.

Pjanic himself has stated his discontent about the lack of game time publicly, but also seems willing to join the team and try and prove himself after the off-season. However, all signs realistically point towards an exit for the Bosnian.

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