Chelsea could complete a deal to sign Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic in the summer transfer window, with a Blues midfielder moving the other way. Pjanic has been with the Italian club since 2016, having moved from Roma.
As per The Guardian, Chelsea and Juventus could strike a deal that could see Miralem Pjanic move to Stamford Bridge, and Jorginho go in the other direction, reuniting with former Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri. Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have also been interested in signing the Bosnia and Herzegovina international.
Miralem Pjanic has made over 165 appearances for the Italian club, scoring 22 goals and providing 36 assists.
Miralem Pjanic: A top addition to their midfield?
Miralem Pjanic was regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world a few years ago, thanks to his exquisite passing and dribbling, as well as his fantastic technical ability. The 30-year-old can control the tempo of the game from midfield, with his short and long passes, while also showing great tactical nous. He is a hard-working midfielder who provides cover to his defenders, while also helping create chances for his forwards.
Pjanic averages a whopping 66.3 passes per game in Serie A this season, with an 89.9% pass completion rate. His long passing is good as well, with the player averaging 3.4 long balls per game. Pjanic can play in central midfield or defensive midfield, comfortable in both positions, while he has played further forward as an attacking midfielder as well.
He is a player that can boss the midfield area, while also popping up with the odd goal, including from set-piece situations. Miralem Pjanic would be a very good addition to the Chelsea midfield, and on paper, is an upgrade on Jorginho showing more dynamism and understandably possessing more experience. The midfielder could act as a much- needed cushion for a young Chelsea team, and alongside Kante and Kovacic, he can control the midfield area adding more thrust from midfield.
His passing could help Chelsea’s exciting wingers be more of a threat in and around the penalty area. While he may not be physically robust to outmuscle and bully opposition midfielders, Pjanic’s technical ability and passing could get him out of tricky situations. He would add depth and give Lampard more quality options to choose from in midfield.