Another one bites the dust. Yes ladies and gentleman we can start to cross names off the creative midfielder shopping list for David Moyes this January - as another player will certainly not be on his way to Old Trafford.
Manchester United, still searching for a replacement for Paul Scholes, were said to be looking into signing Bosnian international Miralem Pjanic in the summer. That rumour has certainly not dissipated - with talk of a potential return for the player in January gaining momentum.
Their rivals Manchester City and their recent conquerors Tottenham Hotspur were also credited with an interest - as were the likes of Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Juventus.
Pjanic has had a great season in a surprisingly impressive Roma campaign - the midfield maestro a major cog in their excellent form so far.
In November Pjanic seemed to make it clear that he was going nowhere:
“I want to stay at Roma. I won’t exclude the possibility of one day playing elsewhere, but I doubt this will happen soon. “It certainly won’t be in January, which is what some people have said, and certainly not in the next year and a half either.”
But players say lots of things month-to month - there would surely be hope that United could still get their man.
Well, if you believe the general consensus in Italy, this is certainly not going to happen anymore.
The winter break in Italy has reportedly seen his agent and Roma officials thrash out the details of a new deal at the Stadio Olimpico - that will reportedly keep him in the Italian capital until 2019.
The report suggests he will now earn up to €3.2 million a season and has eliminated yet another potential midfield solution for United.
Time will tell who they decide to bring in.
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