Roma’s Miralem Pjanic, 26, is set to join Italian champions, Juventus, after the Turin club triggered his release clause with a €38m (£30m) bid.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international is expected to undergo a medical shortly and will leave the Eternal city after five years with Roma. The midfielder left Lyon in 2011 in an €11m deal which saw him quickly become a pivotal member of I Giallorossi.
Pjanic had been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United earlier in the summer but Jose Mourinho looks certain to miss out on the talented midfielder.
Roma’s general manager, Mauro Baldissoni, took to local media to read out a letter received from the player informing them that he was leaving. Juventus confirmed that Pjanic had been instrumental in making the deal happen quickly with Beppe Marotta, a director of the club, praising his involvement.
Pjanic has released Roma from any liability over bonuses and will receive 20% of the fee directly from Juventus.
The move wrecks Jose Mourinho’s plans to re-model the United midfield around Pjanic, who scored twelve times last season for Roma. With Real Madrid in pole position to sign Paul Pogba, United are finding the absence of Champions League football is hurting their transfer ambitions.
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