Manchester United's hopes of signing Miralem Pjanic could be improved by Barcelona if they appoint AS Roma boss Rudi Garcia as their next permanent manager.
TalkSPORT reports how the 24-year-old playmaker is in talks over a new contract at Stadio Olimpico, but is seeking clarification from his current coach that he'll remain in Italy next season.
Garcia has been mooted as a possible successor to Gerardo Martino at Camp Nou, with speculation that the Argentine could be sacked by Barcelona this summer following a disappointing debut campaign in charge of the Spanish giants.
His departure could prompt the Catalan club to move for the highly-rated French tactician, who has overseen Roma's resurgence in Serie 'A' in 2013/14.
The 50-year-old's exit would in turn raise doubts over Pjanic's future in the Italian capital, offering Manchester United renewed hope of luring him to Old Trafford.
Pjanic is under contract with Roma until 2015, and had been expected to pen fresh terms prior to the 2014 World Cup this summer, with a £25million release clause also set to be added to his new deal.
However, the Bosnia international - who would see his salary increase to £3.3million per season - is at present stalling negotiations, which could pave way for a possible transfer when the window reopens.
Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be monitoring the player's situation closely and could rival Manchester United for Pjanic's signature.