With the transfer window about to close in a week, Barcelona continue to try and find a club to take on misfit Miralem Pjanic.
The 31-year-old has been a disastrous signing for the Catalans. Brought in from Juventus last summer in a deal that saw Arthur Melo move the other way, Pjanic never settled in at Camp Nou and found it hard to force his way into the plans of manager Ronald Koeman.
Having used him sparingly in his debut season, Koeman confirmed earlier this summer that the former AS Roma man is not a part of his plans. Pjanic, for his part, is also keen on securing an exit while Barcelona, too, have been trying earnestly to offload him in order to get his wages off the books.
However, all their efforts have proven to be futile as the 31-year-old still remains at Camp Nou, with the transfer deadline day looming. A return to Juventus was touted strongly, but any hopes of that were dashed when the Bianconeri signed Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo.
Following that Fiorentina entered the picture as a potential destination for the ex-Olympique Lyon midfielder. In fact, it was even claimed that the Viola were set to meet up with Barcelona to discuss a deal for Pjanic.
As per SPORT, though, that option is also no longer on the table. Fiorentina, on Wednesday, secured the signing of Lucas Torreira on a season-long loan from Arsenal, to address their requirement in midfield, meaning Pjanic has been left stranded yet again.
The last resort, for the former Juventus man, could be Napoli. Reports in Italy have indicated that the Partenopei’s new manager, Luciano Spaletti, has called up and spoken to the Barca outcast in order to convince him to make the move to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
Time is running out for both Pjanic and Barcelona to work out an exit. With Napoli presenting themselves an option, the ball is now in the midfielder’s court. Only time will tell if he chooses to make the switch to Naples.
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