Barcelona have turned down a proposal from Saudi outfit Al-Nassr to sign veteran midfielder Miralem Pjanic on loan, Gerard Romero reports.
The journalist claims talks took place between Barca and Al-Nassr over a potential loan deal for the 32-year-old Bosnian yesterday. Following this, the Middle Eastern giants have reportedly submitted a bid for the midfielder’s temporary signing.
Under the terms offered, Al-Nassr would loan out Pjanic for the rest of the season and pay 70% of his total salary. However, Barcelona decided to reject this proposal and made it clear that they would only sanction a permanent transfer.
Pjanic’s situation in the Catalan team has had its ups and downs in recent months. After returning from his loan spell at Besiktas, it was speculated that the former AS Roma and Juventus ace would be kicked out of the club.
However, some strong performances in pre-season training earned him a reprieve. He further impressed during the pre-season tour of the United States after which Xavi decided to keep him on as Sergio Busquets’ replacement.
Instead, Barcelona loaned promising midfielder Nico Gonzalez to Valencia to help him continue his development.
But, having stayed at the Spotify Camp Nou, Pjanic is yet to play a single minute of competitive football for the Blaugrana this season.
Considering the club intend to bring in at least two new players before the window closes, they are working on several player exits, with Pjanic’s name also on the list, as well as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sergino Dest , Ez Abde and Martin. Braithwaite.
Al-Nassr’s offer, however, hasn’t been deemed sufficient by the club, who seek to offload Pjanic on a permanent basis only. It remains to be seen if the Saudi side return with an improved offer or if the midfielder moves to another club.