Juventus lower Miralem Pjanic asking price - Report

Miralem Pjanic (Getty Images)
Miralem Pjanic (Getty Images)

Chelsea and Manchester United have been encouraged in their pursuit of Miralem Pjanic after Juventus reportedly lowered their asking price to below €50 million.

Pjanic has been a key figure in the Juventus midfield since joining the club in 2016, but those days as a lynchpin for the Turin side may soon be over.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international has recently turned 30, and although he remains under contract until 2023, he is no longer deemed unsellable by the Serie A champions.

Il Bianconero have done the number-crunching, working out that selling Pjanic with the duration remaining on his contract would save them around €11 million per year.

The report adds that Pjanic's value has also dropped because of a downturn in form, which has seen Rodrigo Bentancur overtake him in the pecking order under Maurizio Sarri.

While he was once valued at €60 million, Juventus now say that Juventus could sell him for somewhere between €45 million and €50 million.

That update is sure to be of interest to Chelsea, who have been linked with Pjanic as part of a triple raid on Serie A.

Pjanic still has plenty to offer at the top level, so a price lower than €50m would definitely be worth paying - although it may also catch the attention of Manchester United.

Reports elsewhere have indicated that Juventus could use Pjanic as bait in their efforts to re-sign Paul Pogba from Man Utd, with the opportunity to sign a direct replacement potentially tempting the Old Trafford club.

- TEAMtalk media

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