Tottenham face Arsenal battle for Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic
According to transfer news from SPORT (via Sport Witness h/t Metro), Tottenham Hotspur are set to face a tough fight from local rivals Arsenal in the race to sign Miralem Pjanic from Barcelona this summer.
Pjanic is set to be on his way out of Barcelona this summer after a torrid debut season following his transfer from Serie A giants Juventus last year. The 31-year-old made just six starts in La Liga all through the 2020/21 term indicating his lowly status at Camp Nou.
And with Barcelona in desperate need of cutting down on their wage bills this summer, Pjanic is set to be shown the exit doors. The report claims that the midfielder has held discussions with the Catalan giants and seems set for a loan exit this summer, with Tottenham having registered an interest in him.
Pjanic may have endured a rough year in Barcelona but he remains a quality operator who has tasted plenty of success with Juventus in the past. A loan move, thus, might work out well for Spurs, although the wages in play could pose an issue.
Apart from that, though, Tottenham have another concern in their bid to land Pjanic as Arsenal, too, have made an entry in the race for the Bosnian. Indeed, the Gunners have already held talks with the concerned parties over the possibility of a loan switch, with Mikel Arteta keen on midfield reinforcements.
Apart from Tottenham and Arsenal, another London club, Chelsea, are also in the running for the Barcelona star.
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It remains to be seen how this transfer race pans out in the coming days and whether Spurs are able to beat their London rivals for the signing of Pjanic. As iterated earlier, a loan might be something worth considering given his quality and experience. Only as long as the wages don’t become a hindrance, though.