Manchester United are set to renew their interest in AS Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic this summer, despite the fact that Liverpool were quoted a staggering £37 million for his services in February.
According to the Daily Mirror, Louis van Gaal is eager to strengthen his ranks at Old Trafford in the close season and has identified the Bosnia international as the man to add more creativity to the senior squad.
However, the Red Devils will face stiff competition for Pjanic's signature as Brendan Rodgers sees the 25-year-old as a perfect replacement for soon to be departing skipper Steven Gerrard at Anfield next term.
Van Gaal has already enquired about the potential availability of a player that signed a new long-term contract extension at Stadio Olimpico only last summer, and Pjanic is due to speak with the Serie 'A' outfit's senior officials about his future next week.
Roma are certainly under no pressure to sell, given that the former Lyon man is tied to Rudi Garcia's side until 2018, and as a result any suitors will be required to pay big money to entice him from the Eternal City.
Manchester United have enjoyed mixed success from the creative midfield players that have been brought to the club during Van Gaal's tenure, and so the Dutch coach's scouting network need to be sure that Pjanic has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.
Ander Herrera has wasted no time in establishing himself as a firm fans' favourite at the Theatre of Dreams, but club-record signing Angel di Maria has endured a disappointing debut campaign in England following his £59.7 million move from Real Madrid.
Pjanic has been watched by several top European clubs for some time, and is now regarded as one of the brightest players in Italy where he has been playing for the past four years.
Liverpool are still likely to challenge for the Bosnian even after the Red Devils joined the race to land him, as Rodgers continues to plan for life without his inspirational captain on Merseyside.
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