Chelsea lead race for Juventus star Miralem Pjanic as Barcelona boss denies interest

27 Jun

Chelsea’s pursuit of Miralem Pjanic has received a boost after Barcelona director Ariedo Braida insisted the Spanish club are not in the running to sign him.

Bosnia and Herzegovina international Miralem Pjanic has been linked with Chelsea

The Juventus playmaker has been linked with big-money summer moves to both clubs as a result of his impressive form in Serie A.

Following Andres Iniesta’s Nou Camp departure, Pjanic had been suggested as the perfect long-term replacement but Braida insists that is not the case.

He hints thats role will be filled by the incoming midfielder Arthur, who is set to arrive from Gremio, which could clear the way for Chelsea to land Pjanic.

Braida told JuveNews.eu: “There are no negotiations and I don’t think we’re interested in him.

Pjanic celebrates Juventus’ Serie A title win last season

“But now we have a Brazilian who will take on that role [of ‘regista’] because Barcelona are banking on him.

“There are those who take care of the market for Barcelona, but certainly I know the club’s strategy and Pjanic doesn’t fit into it.”