Barca's expected new manager is bad news for United in Pjanic race

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Luis Enrique and Miralem Pjanic worked together before at AS Roma.

Manchester United need a creative and hungry midfield player - one with technical guile and a box-to-box ability who is happy to get on the ball deep in his own third and the final third of the field.

A player like Miralem Pjanic.

The Bosnian international has been heavily linked with a Premier League move over the last few months - with United now seemingly the front-runners for his coveted signature in the UK.

The 24-year-old recently scored a wondergoal in Italy - topping off what has been a stupendous season for him in the Italian capital.

But he is a wanted man all over Europe - with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona both said to be looking at him.

And he spoke about Barca’s interest this week:

"Their style of play is like Rudi Garcia's at Roma, so I would be able to adapt very well. I think I could show the best of my abilities there. It wouldn't be a bad destination as a city or as a climate."

And now it is reported that the Catalan club have another ace up their sleeve in pursuit of Pjanic.

Barca look set to sack Tata Martino at the end of the season - as fans grow disillusioned with his style of play - and are likely to bring in one of their own as his replacement.

Luis Enrique is currently Celta Vigo boss - and is the odds-on favourite to take over from the Paraguayan at the Nou Camp.

This gives Barca an advantage in the hunt for Pjanic - as he worked with the diminutive Bosnian at Roma.

Enrique took over at Roma in the same summer they brought in Pjanic from Lyon - so the pair already have a working relationship.

And with his recent comments allied with this previous relationship - Pjanic is surely more likely to be Barca bound this summer.

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