Miralem Pjanic. (Reuters Photo)
CHENNAI: Miralem Pjanic said that he will give his all to Barcelona after his transfer to the Catalan club from Juventus became official on Monday. The transfer amount agreed upon is an initial €60 million ($67.4m), plus a potential €5 million more in bonuses.
“I am very happy. I will give my all for this club. See you soon! Forca Barca! More than a club!” Pjanic said on Instagram.
The Bosnian international midfielder will sign a contract with Barcelona for the next four seasons, until the end of the 2023-24 season, with a buyout clause of 400 million euros. Pjanic, though, will remain with Juventus until the current season is over.
Born on 2 April, 1990 in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Pjanic is a versatile player with good technical quality and vision for goals. He began his career in French football at Metz in 2007. Despite relegation, the midfielder had an excellent season and subsequently made the move to Olympique Lyonnais. Pjanic then began to make a name for himself in the world of football and became an essential member of the French side, helping them reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in their history during the 2009-10 season.
After playing 115 games and scoring 16 goals he headed for Italy, where he joined AS Roma in 2011. During 5 seasons and 200 games, he scored 30 goals and gave 40 assists before signing for Juventus in 2016.
In Turin he once again showed his maturing talent and became a vital cog in one of the best club side’s in the world, winning Serie A three times, as well as two Coppa Italia and one Italian Super Cup.