Liverpool have got the balling rolling on their plans to replace Steven Gerrard by preparing a €30 million bid AS Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Bosnian playmaker has been turning heads across Europe since his debut Serie A season in 2011, with a silky style that's won plaudits across the continent.
And according to Italian sources the Reds are one of his biggest admirers and will now go all-in to win the race for his signature.
The New Gerrard?
The rumour comes in the wake of Steven Gerrard’s decision to leave the Merseysiders, with the club are thought to be desperate to replace the MLS-bound Englishman.
A player as creative and inspiring as Pjanic would be a perfect at Anfield, and at just 24 years of age Pjanic has a bright future ahead of him at the very highest level.
Key Man in the Capital
The former Metz man has become a dominant figure in AS Roma’s team since joining from Lyon in 2011.
Making 116 appearances in all competitions for the Giallorossi he has found the net 16 times – but more importantly he has become the foundation for one of the most reliable and creative midfield units in Serie A.
The Bosnian has completed 91.1% of his passes in the league so far this season and contributed four assists in the process.
By comparison Steven Gerrard average a pass success rate of 86.1% last season in the Premier League and has averaged 83.5% in all competitions since 2009.
Pjanic also impressed at the World Cup last summer, but was unlucky not to be able to help Bosnia to the knockout stages in their first taste of major tournament football.