Manchester United target Pjanic set for new contract offer

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Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic is set to be offered a new deal to ward off transfer interest from the likes of Manchester United, it has been claimed.

According to reports in Italy cited by talkSPORT, the Serie A outfit are worried that a positive showing from Pjanic - who has been linked with the Red Devils - for Bosnia and Herzegovina at this summer's World Cup in Brazil could lead to yet more interest in the player and they are therefore keen for him to commit his future before the tournament begins.

The same reports further state that Roma will offer Pjanic a two-year extension at the Stadio Olimpico, including a payrise and potential performance-related incentives.

Whether that will be enough to detract interest from the likes of Manchester United, however, remains to be seen.

24-year-old playmaker Pjanic - who joined Roma from Lyon in 2011 and is reportedly valued at a rather eye-watering €55 million - has impressed for the club this season as i Giallorossi have gone from strength-to-strength under the management of Rudi Garcia.

And while he is obviously an integral figure to a club who may have ambitions of beating reigning champions Juventus to the title next year, that is certainly no guarantee that he will stay put if a more lucrative offer comes his way.

Manchester United - who have endured a season of struggle under David Moyes - are widely expected to become serious players in the transfer market this summer.

With a whole host of underperforming stars potentially set to find themselves on the Old Trafford chopping block, Moyes is likely to be handed significant funds with which to replace him.

Although Pjanic's reported valuation might seem slightly obscene at first glance, Moyes should have the necessary financial firepower to engineer a deal should he so choose.

Roma, however, will be hoping their offer of a new contract may be enough to convince him that his future lies in Serie A.

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