Report: Chelsea may have to pay buyout clause to land Pjanic, potential other targets

Miralem Pjanic

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Roma's Miralem Pjanic.

Chelsea target Miralem Pjanic has a £31 million buyout clause in his contract, according to a report in The Times, as it appears the Blues are stepping up their interest in the Roma midfielder. 

The report states that Chelsea's lead negotiator and director Marina Granovskaia has spoken to representatives of the 25-year-old, who is a transfer recommendation of Antonio Conte, with the Italy boss the firm front runner to take up the manager's job at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Pjanic is said to be willing to make the move to Chelsea, even if there is no Champions League football on offer next season - which seems to rely on whether the club can pull of a remarkable triumph in the competition, though their current league form on current evidence may run the top four close.

Other incomings could focus on centre-backs as John Terry appears to be heading for the exit in the summer, while however many strikers the club decides to recruit depends on whether Diego Costa would remain at the club.

It seems that if Conte is to get the job at Chelsea, then he is wasting no time in terms of identifying the kind of players he wants, but one gets the feeling that after the poor start to the season Chelsea had this term - resulting in manager Jose Mourinho being axed in December - then it could well be one of the busiest summers at Stamford Bridge in recent seasons.

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