Manchester United's £20m target flattered by transfer interest

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Manchester United and Tottenham appear to have been handed a considerable boost in their pursuit of Miralem Pjanic, with the Roma playmaker having insisted that he is 'flattered' by the interest being shown in him.

23-year-old Pjanic joined the Serie A title hopefuls from Ligue 1 giants Lyon in August 2011 and has gone on to establish himself as an integral member of Rudi Garcia's midfield at the Stadio Olimpico. 

This season, the Bosnian international has made 19 league appearances for Roma - netting three goals.

Such form has seen him the subject of much transfer speculation, with Premier League dup Manchester United and Tottenham both having been linked with moves for his signature.

Earlier this month Roma themselves even confirmed that they had received a number of offers for Pjanic, with sporting director Walter Sabiatini claiming that they weren't necessarily from wealthy Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Now it appears as if the player could have opened the door to more bids for his services.

"It's flattering and I am sure glad to hear that," he was quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

However, the Bosnian playmaker - who is reportedly rated at £20 million - was also keen to pledge his allegiance to the Italian outfit and insisted that any move he does make will have to be right for all concerned.

"I have become a supporter of Roma and should there be a transfer it will require that the three parties agree," he added.

Manchester United would certainly be boosted by a player of Pjanic's quality. Sunday's demoralising 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was the latest setback in a difficult season for the club under David Moyes.

With Brazilian flop Anderson having moved to Fiorentina and the likes of Tom Cleverley and Phil Jones failing to impress in central midfield, Manchester United could certainly use at least one top-class midfield signing this January. 

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