Barcelona planning to swap two players in exchange for Serie A star

The Blaugrana are ready to offer two players from the team in a barter deal for the midfield maestro

Barcelona have big, Andres Iniesta-sized boots to fill in the midfield. And whilst a player like him cannot be replaced per se, the Spanish champions need a reinforcement in the position, and Juventus star Miralem Pjanic has appeared to be the primary target. The Bosnian ace has long lit up Serie A with his midfield mastery and established as one of the best in the business, first at Roma before burnishing with the Bianconeris.

He’s been in Turin for only two seasons thus far, but his impact cannot be understated. The Old Lady understands his value, and hence demanding a price of €80 million for him. The Blaugrana appear to be balked by the asking price, but ready to offer Andre Gomes and Lucas Digne for €50 million.

The Portuguese midfielder could never settle in the Barcelona set-up, and has always appeared to be like a fish out of water. Gomes has consistently disappointed and Barcelona were rumored to cut their losses with his sale. Digne too, hasn’t been any great shakes either, and yet to prove his worth the £17.1 million spent to sign him from PSG. He hasn’t got many opportunities to do that either.

But Barcelona seems to have a chance to offload the fringe players whilst also strike a deal for a player as talented as Pjanic. It’s a win-win for the club either ways, but Juventus are yet to respond to the offer. The Italian champions recently added Emre Can to the fold from Liverpool, and wouldn’t balk at the prospect of adding more personnel to the team.

But questions remain over their willingness to sign players who have offered little of value in the last two years, as shunning the same would also throw Barcelona’s chances of signing Pjanic up in the air.

Author’s Take

Miralem Pjanic would be terrific at Barcelona and shares some of the qualities of the Japan-bound Catalan legend. The £80 million asking price sounds reasonable for a player who’s proved he’s worth his salt every year and at 28, is only hitting his peak. So could bring long-term benefits. Offering Gomes and Digne is only complicating the matters and could find suitors in the lower lights of Europe’ top 5 leagues.

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