La Liga giant Barcelona have been strongly linked with a move for Juventus star Miralem Pjanic. They are keen on retaining Arthur Melo but open to discussing other targets the Serie A might want, as per reports. This is the same market in which the Spanish champs are hoping to offload 130 million pounds Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian was underwhelming at his time at the Nou Camp compared to expectations from his time at Anfield. He went on loan to Germany but after nine goals and eight assists, Bayern Munich feel he is not at the level his employers are pricing him so they rejected a permanent deal. The 27-year old has ruled out a return to Liverpool, and at some point Barca were willing to bring him back to Spain to play. But then they are seeking out Pjanic as a player more suited to their style of play.
Juve are willing to let the Bosnia and Herzegovina star exit if they can agree similar value from the Barcelona squad. Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Arthur have been speculated but the Coutinho link is really garnering traction due to the peculiar situation. The Pandemic and limited cashflow would impact the decision in the summer market, meaning a player swap would be the preferred option.
As Juve hope to rejig their midfield, there are reports in Italy that Juve are in talks with Chelsea to offload any of Federico Bernadeschi, Adrien Rabiot and Douglas Costa, hoping to convince the Blues to give them Jorginho. Coach Maurizio Sarri lured Jorginho to Chelsea, and after a bumpy start, he has grown to be one of the most important players in the team. Sarri is keen on bring Jorginho to the Old Lady.
As Chelsea offload Pedro and Willian, Costa could offer a lot in the wings and in attack. Frank Lampard is also open to more playing time for the impressive youngster Billy Gilmour. N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus Cheek are also competing for places in the middle, so Lampard is expected to ruminate over the Costa deal and tradeoff Jorginho.