Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic is “totally in love” with Barcelona and has always dreamed of playing for the Catalans, according to close friend Adis Junuzovic. The 30-year-old has been linked with a switch to Catalonia in recent weeks with the Bianconeri and Barca trying to agree an exchange involving Brazilian Arthur Melo.
“He (Pjanic) has had a great journey In Italy and he is now aware that he can play at the best clubs in Europe,” Adis Junuzovic told SPORT.
“He is in the national team leader and in Serie A he has won everything, demonstrating and confirming his enormous talent, season after season. The interest of Barcelona does not surprise me. I shouldn’t say, but playing at Barcelona has always been a dream for him.
Adis Junuzović on Miralem Pjanić’s reaction to Barça interest?
“It’s not a problem, it doesn’t matter what happens. I know that (Mire) will be 100% a professional in the time that he remains at Juventus. Today I can’t say if he will change clubs or not this summer.”
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“He doesn’t miss a game of Barcelona’s because he is in love with their wonderful style of play and the philosophy of the club. Mire has the talent to play in every club on the planet.”
He also spoke about Pjanic being linked with Real Madrid previously and if that could be a possibility in the future.
“It is not so, the only truth is that Pjanic liked Zinedine Zidane as a footballer,” Junuzovic added.
“The truth is only this: On a football level, Mire loves Barcelona and there is no doubt about this. How did Pjanic react to Barcelona’s interest? Its not a problem, no matter what will happen. I know that Miralem will be a 100% professional during the whole time he stays with Juventus.
“Today, I don’t know if he will decide to change teams this summer, I tell the truth, but I have the certainty that as long as Pjanic plays for Juventus he will give everything to win some titles with the Bianconeri and to continue to triumph together with his great teammates.”
However, Melo is dead-set to stay at Barcelona. Catalunya Radio have reported that the Italians won’t let the midfielder switch to Camp Nou unless Arthur moves to the other direction as part of the deal.