Pjanic’s Bayern link gives Chelsea a ‘transfer headache’

Date published: Tuesday 3rd May 2016 1:34

Miralem Pjanic: Roma midfielder linked with Manchester United

Carlo Ancelotti is keen on bringing midfielder Miralem Pjanic to Bayern Munich in the summer, according to reports.

Pjanic has a €38million release clause in his contract that would allow him to leave the Italian capital this summer, with former Milan manager Ancelotti an admirer of the 26-year-old.

Chelsea had been previously linked with Pjanic, but now appear to be more keen on his Roma team-mate Radja Nainggolan.

This forced Roma director Mauro Baldissoni to address the claims, insisting the Belgian would not be sold.

“Just because someone takes a photo while visiting Chelsea, people assume all sorts of things,” Baldissoni told Mediaset Premium.

“He could have also visited Arsenal, Tottenham and other clubs to find out who is on the market and who isn’t.

“Anyway, he was there with Mohamed Salah’s agent because we will be buying him outright this summer.”

Chelsea have continued to pursue the player according to reports, but the possible sale of Pjanic to Germany may convince the Giallorossi to keep Nainggolan.

Roma’s president James Pallotta did however deny rumours that the Bosnian would be leaving the club.

“There’s a lot of paper talk about players leaving, like Pjanic,” Pallotta said.

“I rule that out categorically, he doesn’t want to leave and we won’t sell him. Even just talking about it hurts the team, I’m tired of these rumours.”

There are lots of conflicting reports about Roma’s market strategy, with La Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that Luciano Spalletti’s side are more willing to sacrifice defender Antonio Rudiger to raise transfer funds and keep both the aforementioned midfielders.

This could mean that Chelsea end up with neither of their targets, something that would not please incoming manager Antonio Conte.

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