New option outside Europe emerges for Miralem Pjanic ahead of Barcelona exit

Barcelona are having no trouble unloading the big salary that former president Josep Maria Bartomeu paid Miralem Pjanic in 2020.

The Bosnian midfielder arrived from Juventus in 2020 but failed to get along with manager Ronald Koeman in his debut season, playing sparingly. In the end, Pjanic publicly shot Koeman.

Unable to find a buyer for his hefty salary, Barcelona agreed a deal with Besiktas on a season-long loan but are facing the same problem again this summer.

Earlier in the transfer window, he was linked with Olympique de Marseille, an option which seems to have disappeared if it existed before.

Finally, Barcelona may have found a suitor willing to cover Pjanic’s salary, according to Sport. The question is whether Pjanic is ready to leave for this club. His former manager at Roma, Rudi Garcia, is currently in charge of Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia and hopes to bring Pjanic back under his wing.

From Pjanic’s perspective, leaving Europe might be tantamount to quitting football’s top tier sooner than he wants at the age of 32. Similarly, few people would be willing to give up a significant portion of their salary to force a move elsewhere.

Mary I. Bruner