Once one of the most sought-after teenagers in world football, it would seem that Miralem Pjanic may once again be on the move this summer despite already having three club in his professional career. Here’s a report on the Roma midfielder and just where you might expect to see Pjanic end up should he indeed be moving on in the coming months.
Contract Situation: Pjanic signed for Italian outfit Roma in 2011 and has two years remaining on a four-year contract, set to expire in June 2015.
Career Stops: Metz Youth (2004-07), Metz (2007-08), Lyon (2008-2011), Roma (2011-present).
Current Campaign: Serie A—27 appearances, three goals, six assists; Coppa Italia—two appearances, one goal, two assists.
Scouting Guide: One of the more versatile talents in Roma’s squad, Pjanic is a central midfielder at heart but has shown the ability to play in a more attacking sense as well as out wide too.
During his career, the Bosnian has developed a habit of scoring long-range goals and proven to be somewhat of a set-piece specialist, scoring several memorable goals for his national team of this nature.
What's more, Pjanic's reputation as a bit of a linguist, speaking fluent Luxembourgish, English, Italian, French and German makes him even more of an attraction.
Although 5’11”, one of Pjanic’s weakness is his ability in the air as well as the more physical side of the game, showing tackling to not be among his strongest suits.
The most frequent suitor being linked with Pjanic’s signature in recent months has been Manchester City, who The Mirror allege are looking at the midfielder with a view to replacing Samir Nasri this summer.
Not only are the club interested but Pjanic comes as heavily recommended by compatriot, Edin Dzeko, who has been quoted by sport.ba (h/t Sky Sports) as saying: "If Mire came to City then I would certainly not want to leave the Etihad.”
Just whether that commitment is enough to push the Citizens into tying up a deal for their midfield target is unsure.
However, with two years left on his Roma contract, City can rest assured that they would be expected to fork out more than the £9.5 million pound paid for his signature in 2011.