Man Utd, Chelsea to miss out as midfield star agrees to swap places with Spurs target

Date published: Sunday 17th May 2020 5:01 - Samuel Bannister

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The future of Manchester United midfield target Miralem Pjanic has already been decided, according to reports in Europe.

Pjanic appears to be nearing the end of his time with Juventus, and it had been suggested that he could be offered to Man Utd in an attempt by the Italian champions to get Paul Pogba back.

However, Sport (via Football Italia) claim that the Bosnia-Herzegovina international could be involved in a different swap deal instead, as a move to Barcelona is reportedly nearing completion.

It is suggested that Barcelona will take Pjanic as part of a three-way swap deal that will also see full-backs Nelson Semedo and Mattia De Sciglio swap places.

Barca’s Semedo had been on the radar of the likes of Tottenham and Manchester City, who have both seen investments in right-backs not fully pay off – with Serge Aurier and Joao Cancelo not living up to expectations at their respective clubs.

However, Semedo is now set to be at the heart of a huge operation between the Italian and Spanish champions, with the Portugal international classed as the most expensive player in the package.

As such, it is claimed that Juventus will have to pay €25m, in addition to letting go of Pjanic and De Sciglio, in order to acquire the 26-year-old.

United would not be the only Premier League club to miss out on Pjanic if the deal were to go through, as Chelsea have also been keeping an eye on the playmaker.

With Maurizio Sarri keen for another reunion with Jorginho, there were rumours that Chelsea could be given Pjanic in return, but the midfielder has now taken a firm step towards La Liga instead.

The report from Sport claims that both Pjanic and De Sciglio have already given the green light to a move to the Camp Nou – and that any remaining funds from Barca’s sale of Semedo will contribute towards a bid for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez, himself linked with United.


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