The Juventus star signed contract extension last season but could be on it’s way to Bernabeu to replace Toni Kroos
Zinedine Zidane is back. The iconic boss will have full power over the management of the first team – that is to say that he will have control over both arrivals and sales of personnel. With Eder Militao joining Madrid in summer, it seems Zidane is already resurrecting the ageing Real Madrid squad. Real Madrid are plotting a move to sign this Juventus as replacement of Toni Kroos.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is set to authorise a €80m move for Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who is reportedly considering his future at the club. The Bosnian signed a new contract with Juventus last summer to put an end to rumours linking him to Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. However, his new deal has not halted talk of an exit from the club, and he could leave in search for a new challenge. According to recent reports Pjanic’s representatives will meet with Juventus at the end of the season to discuss his future and whether he would like to leave the club. His annual wage is set to increase from €4m to €6.5m next season and whilst Juventus are prepared to pay him such a salary, they are also open to the idea of him moving on, and will entertain reasonable offers if the 28-year-old wants to leave.
Zidane is said to be desperate to bolster his midfield options and sees Pjanic as the ideal man around whom to build his squad. The Bosnian is widely regarded as one of Europe’s best in his position. But Juve are keen to keep hold their man, who is thought to be open to a move away from northern Italy. Reports suggest the Italian club will demand nearly £70m for his services, after he signed a contract extension less than 12 months ago. But should Real complete a deal for Pjanic, that could spell the end of Toni Kroos’ stay in the Spanish capital. Los Blancos reportedly see Pjanic as the ideal replacement for Toni Kroos, who has struggled greatly for form this season. The German has spent five years at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Zidane is thought to be pushing for the club to replace him with Pjanic this summer. The Red Devils are long-term admirers of Kroos, and they came close to signing him when he was still at Bayern. However, he opted to go to La Liga at the time; although he is now understood to be keen to try his hand in the Premier League.
Should Kroos leave the club, both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain will compete for his signature. PSG are lining up a £68m summer bid of their own and United should offer more money than PSG is offering.