Serie A champions Juventus have completed the signing of AS Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, with the Bosnian penning a long-term contract with Massimiliano Allegri's side.
The Old Lady have paid a reported £25.4 million to claw the 26-year-old away from their rivals, with the midfield star penning a five-year deal at the club.
Pjanic, who arrived at the club five years ago, back in 2011, leaves the club with the record of scoring 27 goals in 150 appearances. While playing at the Stadio Olimpico, he forged himself the reputation as a very useful creative midfielder with an eye for a pass. During his final season with Roma, he managed to assist 12 goals and scored 10.
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As the season drew to a close, he was heavily linked with a move to Italian rivals Juventus, with the move materializing as time went on.
With The Old Lady officially announcing the news, it will come as a bitter blow for Premier League side Chelsea, with reports suggesting new manager Antonio Conte was very keen on signing him.
The move could also be more significant than it first appears. Could this signing suggest Paul Pogba is on his way out? Only time will tell, but it will be interesting to see their next activity in the transfer market if there is to be any.
Either way, it's a shrewd bit of business for Juve, and in Pjanic, they have signed a player of real quality, continuing their recent ways of intelligent signings.
He joins a team in grand form as well, with Juve coming off the back of winning their fifth straight Serie A title.
Juve will be hoping the Bosnian can continue in his recent array of glistening form and spectacular free kicks when preseason begins.
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