A.S. Roma have continued their summer spending spree by wrapping up a deal for talented young Bosnian playmaker Miralem Pjanic from French giants Olympique Lyonnais for a fee rumoured to be in the region of €11 million.
Pjanic joins Argentine starlet Erik Lamela, Spanish hotshot Bojan Krkic, Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and recently-signed loanee Simon Kjaer among the new arrivals at the Stadio Olimpico. New owners Fenway Sports Group, members of whom also own English giants Liverpool, make their intent known as they look to surround existing Roma superstars Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi with players capable of bringing Roma back to the forefront of Italian football.
Pjanic, 21, made his name at Metz before joining Lyon in the summer of 2008 for €7.5 million. He would further enhance his reputation at Lyon where he made 121 appearances, scoring 16 goals and also adding 16 assists. A pure playmaker, Pjanic should delight the Romanistas with his excellent passing skills and his penchant for scoring spectacular goals.
With Lamela, Bojan, Totti and now Pjanic in their ranks, Roma's attack will give many defences sleepless nights. Totti's experience and genius will obviously be key to potential Roma success, but now for the first time in many years, he appears to be surrounded by players fitting of his talents.
It is believed that Pjanic has signed a four-year contract and will surely play a huge role as new manager Luis Enrique looks to lead Roma to their first Serie A title since 2001.