Miralem Pjanic has had a tough start to his Barcelona career, and his first season at Camp Nou may be his last, as La Blaugrana has three Juventus players on their radar, all of whom the Bosnian might be used in an exchange deal to obtain. Meanwhile, Matthijs de Ligt, the Juventus centre-back, is said to be dissatisfied in Turin and has told Barcelona that he would like to join them two years after initially rejecting them.
Pjanic is said to want to rejoin his former team under Allegri. The 31-year-old is expected to return as either a loan or a permanent contract. Pjanic has struggled to settle in Barcelona and impress Ronald Koeman, having made only six La Liga starts this season, with youngsters such as Ilaix Moriba and Pedri being given priority over him.
The Catalans are keen to transfer Pjanic this summer, and he may be essential in a swap operation for three prospective Juventus players, which could be feasible given that new manager Allegri wants Pjanic back in his squad.
Things haven’t gone precisely as planned for De Ligt, who has battled injuries and hasn’t always been the uncontested starter you’d expect from a player of his calibre. De Ligt has even spoken with De Jong about joining him at Barcelona, with the midfielder stressing that the door is still open for his former teammate.
Last summer, the two sides swapped Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic in a trade that hasn’t worked out for either team yet, but there is hope that a similar arrangement can be reached over De Ligt.
Rodrigo Bentancur is another name on La Blaugrana’s radar. The Uruguayan is a very versatile player who can play as a defensive midfielder, box-to-box midfielder, or even an attacking midfielder. Alex Sandro, the left-back, was given the third name. Despite Jordi Alba occupying the left-back position in the squad for years, there have been defensive deficiencies on the left flank.
Moreover, with Junior Firpo rumoured to be sold, Barcelona will need a stronger bench if they want to fight for La Liga and the Champions League next season. Time will tell how Barcelona and Juventus continue their talks, but it appears that the two teams have formed a solid bond and are eager to strike win-win deals.