Juventus lower Miralem Pjanic asking price - Report
Chelsea and Manchester United have been encouraged in their pursuit of Miralem Pjanic after Juventus reportedly lowered their asking price to below 50m euros.
Pjanic has been a key figure in the Juventus midfield since joining the club in 2016, but those days as a lynchpin for the Turin side may soon be over.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina international has recently turned 30, and although he remains under contract until 2023, he is no longer deemed unsellable by the Serie A champions.
Il Bianconero have done the number-crunching, working out that selling Pjanic with this long remaining on his contract would save them around €11m per year.
The report adds that Pjanic's value has also dropped because of a downturn in form, which has seen Rodrigo Bentancur overtake him in the pecking order under Maurizio Sarri.
While he was once valued at €60m, Il Bianconero now say that Juventus could sell him for somewhere between €45m and €50m.
That update is sure to be of interest to Chelsea, who have been linked with Pjanic as part of a triple raid on Serie A.
Pjanic still has plenty to offer at the top level, so a price lower than €50m would definitely be worth paying – although it may also catch the attention of Manchester United.
Reports elsewhere have indicated that Juventus could use Pjanic as bait in their efforts to re-sign Paul Pogba from Man Utd, with the opportunity to sign a direct replacement potentially tempting the Old Trafford club.