Tottenham Hotspur may get a second chance to sign rumoured target Miralem Pjanic in January as the Barcelona midfielder is unlikely to accept a back-up transfer, per ESPN.

Barcelona are still striving to offload Pjanic to a Russian or Turkish side while their windows remain open. The La Liga giants failed to sell or loan the Bosnian to a major European club, as President Joan Laporta continues to explore ways he can reduce the Catalan’s wage bill.

Pjanic accepts that his long-term future likely lies away from the Camp Nou after a difficult first year in Spain. Barcelona chiefs have also made it clear that their £55m signing will get few, if any, games under Ronald Koeman. He is yet to feature after three games this term.

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But the 31-year-old has little appetite to accept a last-ditch move away to a lesser division. Instead, Pjanic will likely wait until January, hoping to return to Italy after spells with Roma and Juventus. Laporta continues seeking moves as the midfielder is now one of Barcelona’s top-earners following the departures of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann this summer.

Tottenham were among several clubs to explore deals to sign Pjanic from Barcelona before the transfer market closed on Tuesday. Sport reported in July that Nuno Espirito Santo gave Managing Director Fabio Paratici the green light for a deal after Spurs made an enquiry.

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Additionally, TuttoMercatoWEB noted Tottenham were willing to pay Pjanic’s €7.5m-a-year (£124k-p/w) contract that Barcelona desperately want to shift. But his priority was a return to Juventus, with Sport adding he agreed to a 20% pay cut. Yet it was not enough to reunite with Massimiliano Allegri, as Calciomercato claim the Bianconeri want younger signings.

Should Tottenham revisit signing Barcelona midfielder Pjanic in January?

Tottenham ended the summer window with a net-spend of £30m, after balancing their five arrivals with loan and permanent transfers. But Paratici did not improve Nuno’s central midfield ranks, with Spurs agreeing to send Pape Matar Sarr back to Metz on loan.

With the Senegal international one for the future, Tottenham may look to revisit Nuno’s interest in Barcelona’s Pjanic come January. That is, should the 101-cap international still be in Catalunya over the winter, and not secure a last-ditch make-do move.

Barcelona will likely shop Pjanic around over the coming months if he does not leave the Camp Nou in September. Koeman has already omitted the 31-year-old from two of his three La Liga squads this season. And only started the midfielder six times over 19 outings last term. Despite Juninho, via Tuttosport, considering him to be an ‘excellent’ player.