Manchester United Transfer News: Miralem Pjanic Open to Roma Exit

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2014

ROME, ITALY - JANUARY 12:  Miralem Pjanic of AS Roma in action during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Genoa CFC at Stadio Olimpico on January 12, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Miralem Pjanic has responded to reports linking him with a move to Manchester United, claiming he is "flattered" to capture the interest of the English champions.

The 23-year-old midfielder, who has played an important part in Roma's ascension to second in Serie A this season, spoke honestly about a potential move to the Red Devils or Paris Saint-Germain, which are also reported to be eyeing his services, per Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News:

"It's flattering and I am sure glad to hear that. I have become a supporter of Roma and should there be a transfer it will require that the three parties agree."

Pjanic is unlikely to leave the Stadio Olimpico during the current transfer window after Rudi Garcia allowed Michael Bradley to join Toronto FC, per the Associated Press (via Fox Soccer).

The versatile player, who has appeared in central, defensive and advanced positions this season, will be needed if the capital-based club are to catch Juventus at the top. Garcia's men are currently eight points behind the Old Lady, which continue to steamroll their opponents with attacking prowess from across the pitch.

Pjanic has made 18 starts and one substitute appearance in Serie A this campaign, scoring three goals and providing four assists, per Most often deployed in midfield, the Bosnian could aid United's quest to shore up their deficiencies in the centre.

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 25:  Daniele Conti and Sebastian Eriksson (R) of Cagliari Calcio compete for the ball with Miralem Pjanic (C) of AS Roma during the Serie A match AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Olimpico on November 25, 2013 in Rome, Italy.  (
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David Moyes' side enjoyed spells of dominance during their recent 3-1 loss to Chelsea, but Michael Carrick and Phil Jones were unable to halt the Blues midfield from conjuring up attacking momentum.

United conceded simple goals, highlighted by Carrick's outstretched leg deflecting Samuel Eto'o's shot beyond David De Gea, and failed to deal with the movement of their rivals.

Although he isn't a particularly prolific defensive type, Pjanic is the type of ball-playing midfielder who could help ease pressure away from the squad's struggling defenders. He isn't too dissimilar to Atletico Madrid's Koke, who is also linked with a move to Old Trafford, per Ben Burrows of Mirror Football, but he would certainly be a cheaper option.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19:  (L-R) Dejected Manchester United players Phil Jones and Michael Carrick on after conceding a second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on January 19, 2014 i
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Moyes suggested he wouldn't be forced into panic buys after the Chelsea game, despite United currently lingering six points away from a Champions League spot, per Sky Sports:

The club know exactly what we want to do and the direction we want to go and the type of players we want to bring to the club and a lot aren't available in this window. If we could get any of them we would do, we are trying but more than likely most people know it is difficult.

United's recent loss was their seventh Premier League defeat of the season in a terrible debut campaign for Moyes. He desperately needs to strengthen the squad, but right now, it looks as if the Scottish manager will fail to land a major signing during the current window.