Allegri hints that Pjanic signing is all but completed

The Italian coach suggested that the club is looking to sign a good set piece taker

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There was much expectation surrounding Maximiliano Allegri's official presentation as the new Juventus manager. When talking about the composition of the first team squad, he was reluctant to confirm various matters. However, he joked about the possible signing of Barça midfielder Miralem Pjanic, without naming him directly. He said with a smile: "We have Cristiano [Ronaldo], who is great at shooting from distance, and [Paolo] Dybala, who is an excellent finisher closer to goal. One of these is right footed and the other is left footed. We might also sign another right-footed player who is good at free kicks...we're working on it". Reports in Italy suggest that he was talking about Miralem Pjanic, who he has asked the board to sign during this transfer window.

All sides are working to conclude a deal as soon as possible, with a loan deal looking likely. It is understood Juve are looking to sign the player on a two-year loan deal or a one-year loan with the option of another year. The problem, however, is that Barça don't want to contribute a single euro to his weekly salary, meaning Juventus will need to pay his entire wage. The Turin club has asked Pjanic to agree to a wage cut, because there are fiscal issues that would prevent the Bosnian midfielder from enjoying the same tax benefits as he did during his previous spell at the club.

Pjanic also had an offer from Inter Milan, but he only has eyes for his former club. He is keen to work once more under Allegri, a coach who trusts him and under whom he is likely to get minutes - something which he has struggled to do at Barcelona.

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