Juventus Not Taking the Final Step to Bring Back Miralem Pjanic?

Juventus held a meeting yesterday to discuss internally the return of Miralem Pjanic from Barcelona. It did not lead to a breakthrough. The management is not convinced with the costs of the deal, even though the Blaugrana would contribute significantly to paying his wages. The decision is not final, and there will be another summit today.

His agent Fali Ramadani visited with the Juventus brass, Tuttomercatoweb reports. The Catalans are willing to offload the midfield on loan with no option or obligation to buy. However, the Bianconeri want to cover at most half of his €8.5M salary.

The sum is the main reason why he has not left Spain yet. Fiorentina made a serious inquiry but did not move forward with the deal. They ultimately signed Lucas Torreira from Arsenal instead. It is uncertain whether Pjanic would accept other destinations if Juventus did not follow through. He has drawn interest from Sevilla and Roma, the publication adds. Barcelona will send him to the side that would take care of the highest percentage of his salary.

Moreover, the Bianconeri are facing an uphill climb to acquire Mauro Icardi. Kylian Mbappé is highly likely to stay at PSG, but the French club will not give them a discount. They have slapped a €50M price tag on the Argentinian striker, Corriere della Sera reports. Juventus have also asked for information on Leandro Paredes, who could be a viable alternative to Pjanic, Tuttomercatoweb informs. However, coach Mauricio Pochettino plans to rely on him this season.