Spalletti: ‘Juve would be stronger with Pjanic’

May 22, 2016 - 9:39 am

Luciano Spalletti is unsure on the future of Miralem Pjanic and admits Juve would be stronger with the midfielder in their team.

The Bosnian has been heavily linked to Juventus in the last few weeks and Roma coach Spalletti was quizzed about his star midfielder’s future.

“Would Juventus be even stronger with Pjanic? Of course they would, as he is a great player,” Spalletti told news agency Ansa.

“Is Pjanic staying? I don’t know, he can be happy at Roma, but then in football there are situations that can happen, because that’s how football works.”

Following on from Spalletti’s comments, this morning’s Gazzetta Dello Sport believes Roma may be forced to sell Pjanic, in order to comply with Financial Fair Play sanctions.

Gazzetta reports that if Roma wish to keep Pjanic, they would be required to offer him a new contract that remove the €38m buyout clause.

In order to avoid further sanctions, the Giallorossi need a further €30m when they submit their accounts to UEFA by 30 June.

Roma could be sanctioned if they fail to balance their books, and could even face the possibility of being expelled from the Champions League as Galatasaray were in the last two seasons.

As a result, Gazzetta believe Roma may be forced to part with their midfielder in order to bring themselves back in the black.

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    BelgianJuventino May 22, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Dire situation for Roma. I would love Pjanic in Bianconero though

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      Moderator May 22, 2016 at 10:11 am

      I think, if they’re motivated to sell, they’ll likely send him overseas…..but if we move quickly enough, we could snag him……Lets hope James !

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        BelgianJuventino May 22, 2016 at 10:12 am

        Agreed.. Time for action is now!

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    Moderator May 22, 2016 at 10:10 am

    I was overly pessimistic about such a move….but the winds seem to be changing in our favour – He may not come to Juve but i get the sense he might leave.

    If they sell Nainggolan to Chelsea and replace him with Witsel (who seems keen on a move to Roma) then we might lose our chance – I hope, if there is truth to this, that we are moving to resolve the matter quickly – Getting him in before the Euro’s would be a masterstroke – He seems a supremely talented midfielder.

    Expect there to be lots of Pjanic talk in the coming weeks !

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    Dubaianconeri May 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I feel pjanic will join, i think its a done deal more or less. However I think Morata is priority, not saying they cant confirm both simultaneously, but I think they must sort Morata out.

    Question: Does Juve have a fixed-price clause already agreed with Madrid they need to pay in order to permanently sign Morata?

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      Dar Black May 22, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Not that it’s ever been mentioned, but I guess the reality is that It’s the balance of the €30m buyback that RM have to pay us, and whatever they are offered from other clubs. So for example if Arsenal offer RM £51m for him as has been reported then that is €65 in euros. Juve’s balance to pay to match Arsenal is €35m! There may be some flex in that with currency and agents fees etc, but I think it’s not far off *IF* RM want to cash in Alvaro to maximum value.

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        duder1897 May 22, 2016 at 1:58 pm

        They can’t sell him to Arsenal unless he agrees to it though. Why on earth would any player swap Juventus for Arsenal at this point in time.

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          ADP#10 May 22, 2016 at 3:08 pm

          It’s all about the money money money…

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            Dar Black May 22, 2016 at 5:10 pm

            Yep, Arsenal wages are being touted at £155k a week. Ozil is on £140k, so Alvaro would go to the top of the tree. Plus he would get 5% of the transfer as a signing on fee. So a huge increase over what Juve currently pay him.

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          Dar Black May 22, 2016 at 5:08 pm

          So he has to agree to it, but what choice does he have if RM trigger the buyback only to tell him that they don’t want to keep him – that they only brought him back to sell on again. He will HAVE to choose one of the interested clubs whose offers RM have received. They will say to him you can t/fer to this club, or that club or Arsenal. He picks the best of a bad lot – otherwise if he refuses to move to another club once RM have him back then he will be either: sitting on the bench / loaned out / or in RM B team. You are correct he does have a choice to say no, but in reality if RM don’t want him he does not.

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            duder1897 May 28, 2016 at 12:34 pm

            He can just say he wants to stay and the matter is solved. RM won’t pay €30m for a player that has no interest in being a part of their team or be sold to Arsenal.

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            Dar Black May 28, 2016 at 2:02 pm

            No, sorry but that’s not the way the deal was constructed… Clearly as Beppe has said it is a tough situation due to a seriously compromised deal they HAD to strike with RM to get him. Bottom line is that RM hold the aces. If it were as easy as Alvaro saying I don’t want to go back then it would all have been sorted ages ago.
            Alvaro signed a Juve contract with a clause in it that said RM can buy him back. He knew that when he signed it! It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t want to go back now. If RM want him back then he has to go to comply with the contract or else he / Juve are in breach of the terms agreed.

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            duder1897 June 1, 2016 at 10:27 am

            That is completely false. Players refuse to move all the time.

            And Real Madrid are not prepared to spend €30m on a player unless he agrees to stay or move to Arsenal or whoever they have in mind. The only reason this is a problem for Juventus is that Real Madrid and Morata’s agent has plenty time to convince him that his future should lay elsewhere than in Turin. If he told his agent that he refuse to go anywhere then he would stay. It’s that simple. But money and agents come into play and it’s never that black & white.

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            Dar Black June 1, 2016 at 2:20 pm

            Wow, going around in circles here…. You are not understanding the unusual contract in place. He doesn’t have a choice to refuse the move back to RM! It’s legally binding they can have him back for 30m euros. End of story. Both Morata and Juventus agreed to this clause when he signed on the dotted line. There is no refusal option without a breach of contract in which case it would end up in court and RM would win. It’s in black and white on the paperwork!
            Forget about the usual situation where a player is offered a move because the club don’t want him, or want to cash in on someone. Yes in that situation players can refuse as it’s not part of their contract that they have to move. They can sit out the until contract expires. Not so in this case.

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            duder1897 June 1, 2016 at 11:37 pm

            How do you know he doesn’t have a choice? Have you seen the contract?

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        Dubaianconeri May 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm

        thx for that, seems that all in Madrid’s hands. he clearly wishes to stay with Juve. hope he does.

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    duder1897 May 22, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    We need to get this done pronto. The longer we wait the bigger the risk we lose out. There are no players of that quality at that age that can be had for less money, so the decision should be a simple one.

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    Josue Morales May 22, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Hello, I’ve been a long admirer of this site and I love the insight it brings from the posts and comments, but I am new to commenting on here. I’d like to know, why so many would like to see Pjanic at Juve? What does he bring to the table?

    I’m a relatively new Juventus fan, although I try to catch every game that I can. I consider myself fairly informed on the players of Juventus, but I haven’t had the chance to watch as many Roma games, or much of any Italian team since my network refuses to show Serie A games, so forgive me for being so uninformed on the talents of the opponents.

    I have taken the liberty of searching him up, to view his highlights, and while he no doubt has talent, I can’t see why he is wanted by so many Juventus fans. I will admit, I’m probably not as observant or perceptive as all you veterans and experts when it comes to spotting these qualities, so if someone would care to enlighten me on what Pjanic would bring to Juventus, that would be great.