Reports linking Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic to Barcelona have sent mixed signals to fans and the press after the player took to social media to refute the claims whilst his agent did quite the opposite.
The Catalan giants have thought to have stepped up their efforts for the midfielder after they failed to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann; who chose to stay at Atletico Madrid.
The Bosnian international took to social media to slate the ‘fake news’ of him joining Barcelona after it was fuelled by the player ‘liking’ a photo reporting his move to Spain.
He later wrote this on Instagram, “Mamma mia, just for one like on a photograph, at least read what was written – fake news.”
After Bosnia-Herzegovina failed to qualify for the World Cup, Pjanic would be fresh for the new season and revamp their midfield, as Barca seek a replacement for Japan-bound Andres Iniesta.
Now, the 28-year old’s agent, Michael Becker has fuelled speculation once again by saying Pjanic is “very flattered” by rumours of interest.
“We’re very flattered by this link,” he said.
“He’s attracted the interest of great clubs for the good things he’s done with Juventus.
“At the moment Miralem is on holiday, so if Barcelona want to sign him, they must contact Juventus to start negotiations.”
To make matters even more interesting a third source in Tuttosport are now claiming that Juventus are open to selling Pjanic for €80 million if they can replace him with Manchester United target, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
More incomings seem to be heading into the Nou Camp after Barcelona have prioritised the strengthening of their midfield and have already been linked to moves for former player Thiago Alacantara, Tottenham star Christian Eriksen and Russian playmaker Alexandr Golovin, who has impressed in the early parts of the World Cup.