Guardiola’s Bayern Munich reign could begin with €15m Pjanic capture

Bayern Munich are believed to be interested in Miralem Pjanic.

The German giants are on course for a 23rd Bundesliga title success this season, as they currently lead Borussia Dortmund at the top of the standings by a staggering 20 points with 11 games remaining. A 2-0 home win over Juventus also puts them on course for a UEFA Champions League semi-final spot, in what is proving to be another exciting season in Bavaria.

Regardless of what they eventually achieve between now and the end of the campaign, there are sure to be changes in the summer when Pep Guardiola succeeds Jupp Heynckes. The former Barcelona coach has taken time out since quitting the Camp Nou at the end of last season, but in January, he revealed he would take charge at the Allianz Arena from next season.

Since then, Bayern have been linked with a host of top names, the latest of which is Bosnia and Herzegovina international Pjanic. The 23-year-old has been unable to cement a regular place in the Roma side this season, with just 15 starts in Serie A under Zdenek Zeman and, since February, Aurelio Andreazzoli. This is in contrast to last term, which was his debut campaign in the Italian capital, when he made the starting line-up 29 times during Luis Enrique’s reign.

Corriere dello Sport now claim Bayern have identified Pjanic for their plans next season, and will fly to Rome within the next few weeks in an attempt to tie up a transfer, presumably to fend off rival interest before the window officially opens in July. The playmaker, formerly of Lyon, still has two years remaining on his Giallorossi contract, and it has been suggested that Guardiola would have to use €15million of his budget to sign him.


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