Barcelona News Transfer: After an unremarkable loan stint at Besiktas, Barcelona is expected to welcome Miralem Pjanic back into their fold this summer.
However, it seems that his time with Catalunya has come to an end. The midfielder has emerged as one of the players whom Xavi views as being surplus to requirements.
The head coach of Barcelona would want to get rid of the Bosnian international player to help the club achieve financial stability and reduce the amount of money it spends on managing its entire personnel. Pjanic is one of the periphery players who is already making a big salary.
A month ago, Napoli was one of the teams that expressed interest in acquiring the services of Pjanic. The club president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, is a major fan of the player who once played for AS Roma.
Barcelona News Transfer: Mmiralem Pjanic to leave?
However, according to the most recent report from Gazzetta Foot (h/t Mundo Deportivo), there is a possibility that Pjanic may instead return to Ligue 1. Olympique Marseille recently expressed the desire to pick him up in the summer. This is according to the report that was provided by Mundo Deportivo.
Miralem Pjanic began his professional career in France. He later had great success playing for AS Roma and Juventus, two of the most prestigious clubs in the world. Before joining Roma in 2011, he was a player for clubs such as Metz and Lyon.
What is his next destination?
It would seem that the veteran midfielder, who has fallen out of favour with the Barca coaching staff, will be making a move back to France soon.
According to the article, Marseille is reportedly interested in signing the Bosnian international as their ideal replacement for Boubacar Kamara, who just joined Aston Villa on a free transfer.
Pjanic has played in more than 120 games in Ligue 1. So he is quite familiar with the competition. He has the kind of knowledge that might be invaluable to Jorge Sampaoli as he guides Marseille through its campaign for the league championship next season.
As Barcelona looks to clear roster space for new players over the next summer, they should see the move favourably as it would allow them to get rid of some of their less important players.