Bosnian international midfielder Miralem Pjanic has put an end to speculation regarding his future this summer by signing a new deal at Roma.
The 24-year-old has been a player in-demand this season, with Manchester United and Barcelona amongst those interested in his services.
During the January transfer window, he was heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils, with Spanish press Mundo Deportivo claiming Man United offered Roma €32m for Pjanic’s services. However, no such deal ever materialised.
Later, it appeared Barcelona were the next to show their hand, with many Catalan reporters dubbing the player as Xavi’s replacement. Pjanic reportedly flirted with the idea, saying the famed tiki-taki style of play would suit his game.
But, likewise with Man United, the reports stopped there without any official word regarding a formal offer of any kind.
Miralem Pjanic has been fabulous for Roma this season, contributing to 12 goals in 32 Serie A starts by means of goals and assists. His dribbling skills and his excellent ability to thread through-balls would have been ideal in Man United’s midfield, but that ship has now sailed.
Reported by journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, Miralem Pjanic has officially signed a new contract and will remain in the Italian capital until 2018.
OFFICIAL: Miralem Pjanic has signed new contract until 2018 with AS Roma pic.twitter.com/GMqoqP3ZMb— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) Mayo 11, 2014
For Manchester United, it's now a simple case of moving on to other targets and making sure they sign that much-needed central midfielder.