The arrival of a new coach has brought Barcelona onto a completely new gear. The excitement for a long term project finally has set in, and squad changes are now at the fore.
While Joan Laporta and Xavi are working endlessly to ensure the right arrivals can be made possible, it is equally important for the club to permanently move on some of the players on the roster.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalans have received a major boost in this regard. Besiktas’ president, Ahmed Nur Cebi, in a recent interview spoke about their intention to buy Barcelona loanee Miralem Pjanic on a permanent transfer.
“Pjanic is a world-class name. We would like to buy him, but it depends on the conditions. We will never attempt anything bigger than our budget, but I hope he stays within out budget.”
Pjanic made his controversial switch to Barcelona in a move that saw fan-favourite Arthur Melo move to Juventus. The Bosnian, however, struggled to make his name at the club.
Under Ronald Koeman, Pjanic was kept in the darkness. The veteran was rarely, if ever, given minutes on the field to prove his worth.
In fact, Pjanic openly spoke out to the media multiple times about the mistreatment he was facing at the club.
Given his frustration at Camp Nou, he made the switch to Besiktas on loan late in the summer transfer window. Now, the Turkish giants are said to be interested in making the deal permanent.
Barcelona, who bought him for €60 million, would and should, realistically demand at least €25-30 million for Pjanic. The 31-year-old is balling in the Super Lig, and could have an extended career with the Turkish outfit given the relatively slow pace of the league.
So far, Pjanic has registered two assists in six games in the league, but is creating chances at a monster pace of 2.7 per game. He also has two assists in the Champions League for Besiktas while averaging 3.5 key passes per game — the fifth highest so far.
That said, the the former AS Roma midfielder might not agree to a permanent switch. He reportedly wants to start from scratch under Xavi, and could force a move back.