Pjanic holding Roma to ransom
- Updated: May 5, 2014
Miralem Pjanic, with six goals and six assists this campaign, is one of the leading candidates for Roma’s player of the season.
However, Roma’s embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Catania this weekend could be the last time we see the Bosnian in a Roma shirt. The booking Pjanic received in Sicily yesterday means he will now miss Roma’s last home game of the season against Juventus next weekend and reports today suggest that Roma will release the midfielder on May 15 so he can join up with the Bosnian National Team for World Cup preparations. This means Pjanic will also miss the final game of the season, away to Genoa, on the 18th of May.
Pjanic’ future at Roma is in doubt – with only one more year left on the 24 year old’s contract – and despite positive ongoing contract negotiations, the future is bleak with the likelihood of a release clause being included in his new potential deal. Roma don’t want to lose Pjanic on a free next summer (2015) and were prepared to sell their prized midfielder this summer for a discounted price if the Bosnian was unwilling to negotiate a new deal.
Although Pjanic is by no means unhappy in Rome, he is fully aware of his age and knows that a move this summer could be the perfect time to take the next step in his career. Pjanic, is therefore requesting a competitive release clause ( €30 million) be inserted into his new deal so that a big club could potentially make an offer that he would be allowed to negotiate. This suits both parties as Roma will stand a chance at making a significant profit off the midfielder (arrived for around €11 million ) and Pjanic can make a step up to one of Europe’s elite clubs, with both Barcelona and PSG reportedly interested.
And even if no club makes an attempt to match the release clause, the Bosnian will still receive a notable pay rise from the Capital based club.
After his Maradona-esque goal against Milan last weekend, “Pjanic” is almost certainly a name on the lips of Europe’s biggest clubs and it seems it is now more a question of when Pjanic will leave, rather than if.