After a supposedly dreamlike move to Barcelona, Miralem Pjanic’s adventure in Catalonia soon turned into a nightmare.
The Bosnian was part of an exchange deal between Juventus and Blaugrana that saw Arthur Melo move to Turin last summer.
The 31-year-old is now hoping to return to the club he left less than a year ago – especially after the return of his old coach Max Allegri.
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, both the club and the player know that the path will be a complicated one. Nonetheless, all parties want to pull the deal off, which could ultimately be the deciding factor.
For Barcelona, their priority this summer is to sign a contract extension with Lionel Messi – who is currently technically a free agent – but to do that they will first have to cut their astronomical wage bills.
Therefore, maintaining a player whose salary is set at € 8.5m and is undesirable by the club’s manager is simply unacceptable, which explains why the Catalans are so desperate to fire Pjanic this summer.
Juventus have proposed a swap deal with Aaron Ramsey, but the Welshman has high wage demands himself and regulations in Spain limit swaps.
However, the former Arsenal man has offers from the Premier League and if the Old Lady can send him back to England they will have enough paycheck space for their former Bosnian midfielder.
In addition, Pjanic appears poised to cut his wage demands to seal a return to Turin after playing for the club between 2016 and 2020.