Manchester United miss out as Miralem Pjanic signs new deal

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Manchester United had been tracking Pjanic.
Manchester United had been tracking Pjanic..

Manchester United appear to have missed out on the potential signing of Miralem Pjanic, with the Roma star having penned a new deal at the Stadio Olimpico.

As reported by talkSPORT, Bosnian international Pjanic - who had been previously linked with the Red Devils along with the likes of Barcelona and French champions Paris Saint-Germain - finally put an end to mounting questions regarding his future this weekend by agreeing to extend his stay in Serie A until 2018.

24-year-old Pjanic - who will line-up for his country at their maiden World Cup this summer and has reportedly been rated by his current club at an eye-watering €55 million - joined Roma from Lyon in 2011 and has become an integral figure for the club ever since.

In 35 appearances this season, the midfielder has notched six goals and fans will presumably be relieved that he obviously sees his immediate future in Italy under the tutelage of Rudi Garcia.

"I am very happy. The negotiations were lengthy because I wanted to stay focused on the season but I had never thought about leaving Roma," Pjanic said after the new contract was announced.

Manchester United are widely expected to be on the hunt for several new faces this summer and Pjanic - had he not agreed to extend his stay at Roma, of course - could have been a very strong and attainable signing.

Boasting almost 50 caps for his country and over 200 domestic appearances in two of European football's most-reputable leagues, a lack of previous experience in the English top-flight would surely not have proved too difficult a barrier to overcome for the former Metz man.

With Manchester United's difficult season resulting in an immediate absence from next season's Champions League, the club could well face a battle in convincing several high-profile stars to switch to Old Trafford this summer.

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