Manchester United dealt blow in their pursuit of Roma midfielder

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With Paris Saint Germain targeting Roma's Miralem Pjanic, Manchester United could be beaten in the race to sign the Bosnian midfielder.

French outfit Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in signing Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic during the summer transfer window. This latest speculation linking the Bosnian with a move away from the Italian capital comes from French Newspaper L’Equipe.

There will be no doubt this news will serve a significant blow to Manchester United in their quest to reinforce ahead of next season. The Bosnian has been a long-term target for the English club, with many believing that he would go some way to solving the current midfield insufficiencies at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has made 38 appearances for Roma in all competitions, scoring six goals and making six assists. Playing primarily as a central midfielder he would most likely slot in the side alongside Michael Carrick – occupying the box-to-box role that United are currently lacking.

Pjanic has only one year left on his contract, and talks of an extension with his club seem to have stalled somewhat. PSG could reduce the cost of the transfer and remain within the financial fair play remit by including Javier Pastore in a swap deal. United had been monitoring his contract situation with a summer bid being the likely outcome.

There is, of course, reason to be sceptical of these rumours. This latest report comes just a month after Pjanic publicly admitted that he is ignoring any speculation and only focusing on his future in Rome.

"Fans can be calm," he said.

"My contract runs until 2015 and although I know that many big clubs are interested in me, I'm totally focused on Roma and everybody knows that.

"I talked with Rudi Garcia [coach] about all that and he knows that I'm only concentrated on my work."

He insisted that he has not ruled out a new deal with Roma.

"A new contract with Roma?" he added. "A contract extension will come by itself. Many times I have said that I'm very happy at Roma."

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