Paris Saint-Germain admit that bringing in Miralem Pjanic would now be difficult.
Following Paris Saint-Germain’s imminent £23m purchase of Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye, club president Si Nasser Al-Khelaifi looks to have shut the door on a potential Pjanic transfer.
Paris Saint-Germain had been linked with numerous players during the January transfer window – players such as Eden Hazard, Miralem Pjanic, Paul Pogba and Yohan Cabaye concluded an interesting list.
Yet, it is the Newcastle man they have turned to after Cabaye told Alan Pardew of his wish to move to the French capital.
French sources quote the club president as saying that Roma’s Champions League bid made it almost impossible for Pjanic to become available, adding:
"When we spoke with AS Roma, it turned out that it would be difficult to bring him in during the January market.”
“AS Roma are currently second in Serie A and will fight for the title with Juventus. It was difficult for them to release one of their most important players mid-season.”
“Their fans would go crazy. That's why this market has been difficult for us to find a good player - those aligned to the Champions League reduces many choices."
Due to the signing of Yohan Cabaye and PSG’s proclaimed chase of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, it now seems highly unlikely that Miralem Pjanic will continue to be on Le Parisian’s wish list – clearing the path for a possible Manchester United move.
The Red Devils have reportedly been interested in the Bosnian midfielder for a while – with one journalist mentioning recently that Pjanic was said to be in Manchester for talks.
The midfielder has been in superb form for title-chasers Roma this season. In 18 Serie A starts, the midfielder has contributed three goals and four assists – showing his attacking intentions by recording more shots than any other Roma player.
The 23-year-old has not ruled out joining David Moyes and his men – with the Metro quoting the player last week on his reputed interest in moving to Old Trafford:
‘It’s flattering and I am sure glad to hear that,’ he said. ‘I have become a supporter of Roma and should there be a transfer it will require that the three parties agree.’
A deal in the next few days seems unlikely – however, as a result of PSG presumably dropping out of the race that will push Manchester United to the front of the queue to snap in the Bosnian this summer.