In light of the impending arrival of Antonio Conte, Chelsea find themselves drowning in transfer rumours as regards Serie A players. In fact, there seems very few AS Roma players in particular the Blues aren't linked to.
One of the more frequently linked stars proves midfielder Miralem Pjanic who looks set to be tracked by the Stamford Bridge side this summer.
With Chelsea’s midfield arsenal struggling in 2015-16, it may be a move necessary to enhance the club’s chances of success next summer. Such a capture would certainly be an improvement upon Cesc Fabregas who albeit a recent resurgence appears on the wane.
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Pjanic has been sporting the AS Roma jersey for nearly half a decade now and his rise in Italy has never truly faltered. 2015-16 has seen the Bosnian playmaker garner an impressive 40 appearances in the Italian capital, with his name now proving one of the first on the team sheet.
This campaign has also seen his most prolific term in front of goal with a cool tally of 12 from his midfield position. Moreover, his lucrative 70-yard strike against Manchester United in pre-season underlines his keen eye for a wonder goal.
The 26-year-old’s 12 assists this year also accentuates his creativity with the Bosnian being widely respected for his range of passing and touch. Last season even saw Pjanic collect the award for Serie A’s ‘Top Assist Provider’ in another productive campaign.
Such consistent form and continual rise has seen Chelsea reportedly interested in garnering his signature. The Metro has been the first of numerous publications to draw out the connection and a move to Stamford Bridge may be on the cards.
The same publication anticipates that the Blues could capture Pjanic on a three-year contract with wages in the region of £65,000 per week.
It would prove a signing the club is crying out for. Fabregas in particular has plummeted dramatically from his immense form of 2014-15 and a change of guard in west London seems a logical move.
Pjanic has outscored and provided more assists than the Spaniard this season. In addition, the 26-year-old would prove a long-term invest, while Fabregas is edging towards his thirties.
Conte’s imminent arrival at Stamford Bridge also accentuates the likelihood of the move and the logic behind it. The Italian manager’s encyclopaedic knowledge of Serie A would likely make him the perfect man to ensure Pjanic experiences a smooth transition between leagues.
While selling Fabregas may prove rash, transitioning him out of the side in favour of Pjanic would certainly appear a wise move. However, the Blues will face tough competition to secure the midfielder with clubs wielding a Champions League place also poised.
Regardless of whether the transfer takes place or not though, Chelsea can no longer pile all the burden on the ever weakening shoulders of Fabregas. A new man is needed at Stamford Bridge to pull the strings after the debacle of 2015-16.
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