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Roma to lock Pjanic away from Man United

Roma are reportedly preparing to offer Bosnian star Miralem Pjanic a lucrative contract extension in a bid to prevent Manchester United pouncing.

With rumours that Manchester United are preparing to swoop for Miralem Pjanic gathering volume, Roma are said to be readying a contract extension to keep him at the club.

It has been a breakthrough season for Giallorossi playmaker Pjanic, who has impressed sufficiently in Roma's record-breaking start to the campaign to attract interest from several of Europe's top clubs.

The most notable potential suitor for Pjanic are Manchester United with Italian press reports suggesting the Old Trafford outfit could be ready to launch a £25m raid.

However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma are determined not to lose their star man and have started negotiations to extend his contract until 2018.

The player is said to be asking for £2.3m per year which will increase annually in a five-year deal - a sum which Roma have reportedly agreed to.

La Gazzetta dello Sport believes that the deal will be signed at the start of November and will protect Roma from losing Pjanic in the near future.

This news will come as a blow to Manchester United who are said to be determined to steal Pjanic away from the Eternal City but will be a boost to Roma's fans as it is a statement of intent that they are serious Scudetto challengers.

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