Juventus to sign Roma’s Pjanic after player pushes $42 million move

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Juventus continue to strengthen their squad after winning a fifth-straight Serie A title, this time through Miralem Pjanic.

Currently under contract with Roma, Pjanic told the club he would be leaving after Juventus agreed to trigger his $42 million release clause.

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A playmaking midfielder, Pjanic was linked with some of Europe’s top clubs, and was rumored to be a target of Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

Speaking to Roma Radio, the club’s general manager Mauro Baldissoni read the letter he received from Pjanic informing him of the move.

Let’s get one thing straight. In a normal world a club director should not have to come here and give a radio interview in order to deny something that is nonsense.

This is the letter AS Roma received … ‘I here with wish to inform you of my intention to exercise my right to be transferred to another club, as per our previous agreements.

‘I also wish to inform you that I will settle the 20% of the transfer fee that is due to me directly with the club purchasing my contract, which I can inform you is Juventus Football Club. I thank you and ask you to make contact in order to complete the necessary contractual formalities. Yours sincerely, Miralem Pjanic.

Juventus director Beppe Marotta confirmed the deal, saying the move was “cconcluded with the push of the player, who strongly wanted the transfer to Juventus.”

Pjanic will undergo a medical in Turin before the move is officially announced.