PSG Reportedly Ready Miralem Pjanic Bid, Prepared to Double Juventus Star's Wage

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 28, 2018

ROME, ITALY - MARCH 03:  Miralem Pjanic of Juventus FC in action during the serie A match between SS Lazio and Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on March 3, 2018 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly preparing a big-money offer to recruit Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic this summer, but the Italian club's valuation of the player could pose an obstacle. 

Corriere dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato.com) reported PSG are willing to offer Pjanic €8 million (£7 million) per year after tax on a five-year contract. However, Juve are said to value their star at just over double the €32 million they paid AS Roma for him in 2016.

While a sum of nearly €65 million (£56.9 million) would hardly be considered out of reach for PSG usually, it comes after the French powerhouse splurged a combined £366 million to sign Neymar (£200 million) and Kylian Mbappe (£166 million) last summer—the latter fee to be paid when his loan is turned into a permanent move. 

What's more, football writer Mina Rzouki recently pointed out Pjanic, 27, is actually one of the younger stars currently in Juventus' squad, so they're unlikely to want to sell in the near future:

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has done a fine job helping to ease the midfield burden created by Andrea Pirlo's 2015 departure from Juventus, transitioning well into a deeper-lying role than he was used to at Roma.

The playmaker, who is set to turn 28 on April 2, has recorded 10 assists this season and has six goals to his name, including a thunderous strike in February's 7-0 thrashing of Serie A opponents Sassuolo, via BT Sport:

PSG saw Blaise Matuidi depart for the Allianz Stadium last year and have several midfield stars for the future among their ranks, including Adrien Rabiot, 22, Christopher Nkunku, 20, and Giovani Lo Celso, 21.

But Pjanic would present a more experienced figure in the engine room, who would be ready to contribute alongside Marco Verratti, 25, as well as offering an incredible threat from dead-ball scenarios:

Calciomercato highlighted PSG's chances could be helped if either Chelsea boss Antonio Conte or Massimiliano Allegri—his current coach and the man who brought him to Turin—replace Unai Emery at the French club's helm.

Football Italia referred to a similar report from Corriere della Sera and said Pjanic earns €4.5 million (£3.9 million) per year in Italy, but the riches of Paris are bound to prove tempting.

It's also a factor that Pjanic is no stranger to Ligue 1, having first shot to prominence at Lyon after impressing in a single season at Metz, whose academy he joined after being spotted playing local football in Luxembourg.

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