£20m Tottenham and United playmaker target set for contract renewal

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According to the Italian press, AS Roma are on the verge of offering highly sought-after playmaker Miralem Pjanic fresh terms.

The Bosnian had been heavily linked with a moved to either Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur in January throughout the fall, but quashed rumours of a winter exit from the Stadio Olimpico in mid-November.

His Giallorossi sit just three points off of the summit in Serie A on the back of his strong start to the campaign, in which he’s notched three goals and four assists, though he’s set to miss out for the first time next weekend after being dismissed in a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina on Sunday.

Roma have expressed a desire to hold onto their best players, as the club’s American ownership consortium seeks to return the capital club to the European stage following a stuttering first two years in charge, with keeping summer signing Kevin Strootman another priority given United still remain keen on the Dutchman.

La Gazzetta dello Sport have now maintained that club president James Pallotta, in Italy for talks with Rome’s mayor on a new stadium project, has given the green light to director of sport Walter Sabatini to offer Pjanic a new contract.

The newspaper contends that the 23-year-old’s wages will be raised to a net of €3 million per year plus bonuses in an arrangement that would be over a 33% improvement on his current deal.

Tuesday’s report has emerged a day after Pjanic expressed confidence in his side’s ability to secure a top three finish, which would see Roma return to the Champions League after not having appeared in Europe’s elite competition since the 2010-11 edition.

“We will continue on our road to chase Juventus, a side who are having an incredible season,” he told Mediaset.

“Our target is to return to the Champions League, then we’ll see what we can do and what the others – especially Juventus – are capable of.

“But I am certain that we can finish the campaign in the top three.”

Pjanic had previously stated that he could see himself wearing the colours of a different club later in his career but ruled out moving elsewhere entirely in the next 18 months.

The offer of a new contract would certainly be a step in the right direction towards convincing the playmaker of extending his stay in the Italian capital even further, and if La Gazzetta’s claims are to be believed, the process is already well under way at Roma.

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