Manchester United fans may be getting used to the fact that the midfield reinforcements they require are forming something of a collective of impossible targets.
The players are certainly out there, but they are seemingly out of United’s reach, almost certainly in January and possibly come the summer, too.
But one player linked with a move to Old Trafford – and there have been a lot of them – has now had his say on the speculation. And for once it may not be bad news for David Moyes and his men.
Miralem Pjanic is the latest Roma player to be linked with United, after his teammates Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman before him, but the 23-year-old Bosnian playmaker did not rule out a move. Instead he left the door tantalisingly ajar.
In quotes published by the Manchester Evening News, Pjanic is reported to have said of the speculation linking him with both United and PSG, “It’s flattering and I’m sure glad to hear that.
“I have become a supporter of Roma, and should there be a transfer it will require that the three parties agree.”
While he may simply have been polite when asked a question, it was not the token response adopted by so many of his fellow players.
He spoke of the logistics of a possible move, and left United fans – rightly or wrongly – hoping this may be one move that actually comes off.
He is certainly the type of player United need – a catalyst, who can both score and create but someone who is young enough to improve.
As with any player with those traits, he will not come cheap. But given his potential impact at Old Trafford, he could prove priceless.
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