Chelsea, Liverpool set to be disappointed over Serie A midfielder
Chelsea and Liverpool target Miralem Pjanic is not for sale, say Roma
Roma won’t be entertaining any offer for Chelsea and Liverpool target Miralem Pjanic in the summer transfer window, according to the club’s sporting director Walter Sabatini.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League over the past 12 months, with former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers spotted in Rome amid reports of an imminent deal.
The Northern Irishman’s successor Jurgen Klopp is thought to retain an interest in the Roma playmaker, while new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly an admirer of the Bosnian.
However, Roma sporting director Sabatini was bullish in his stance that Pjanic won’t be sold in the summer transfer window irrespective of any offers for the midfielder.
“Regarding Pjanic, we’re in a situation of total immobility,” Sabatini is quoted as saying by Football Italia.
“We mustn’t do anything, we can’t even answer the phone because it’s a deal we don’t want to do. Pjanic might go – hopefully not – but only if someone pays the clause.
“It’s something that concerns us daily, but it doesn’t affect our behaviour. We’re doing nothing, we’re a passive witness.
“I haven’t spoken with him. He talked to the Coach [Luciano Spalletti] and he reaffirmed his desire to stay at Roma.
“I don’t have to talk to the player, he’s not for sale. If someone wants him they’ll have to pay the clause.”
The Chelsea and Liverpool target scored 10 goals and made 12 assists in 33 Serie A appaerances for Roma in the 2015/16 season.
The Bosnia midfielder, 26, netted twice in seven Champions League appearances for the Rome outfit.