Miralem Pjanic heading to Besiktas as Barcelona continue to reduce wage bill


Miralem Pjanic heading to Besiktas as Barcelona continue to reduce wage bill

Pjanic nearing Barcelona exit

The alleviation of the weight of wages coming off the books continues at the Camp Nou this summer, with Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic on the verge of a loan move to Turkish giants Besiktas.

It would be the twelfth signing of the window for Sergen Yalcin’s Kara Kartallar side, who currently sit 6th in the Süper Lig table. Pjanic would join fellow newcomers Rachid Ghezzal, Umut Meras, Mert Günok, Francisco Montero, Can Bozdogan, Michy Batshuayi, Salih Ucan, Kenan Karaman, Mehmet Topal, Valentin Rosier, and Alex Teixeira at Vodafone Park.

Now 31, Pjanic’s career has hit a brick wall since he left Juventus for Barcelona last season. Though he made a combined 30-appearances last term, he failed to register a single goal or an assist during his time in the Catalan capital.

Still one of the best players to ever come out of Bosnia-Herzegovina, he will be hoping to reignite a career that has seen him amongst the top echelon for creative outlets in Europe, registering 108-assists across all postings in his career that includes stints at FC Metz, Olympique Lyonnais, AS Roma, Juventus, and Barcelona.

Blaugrana continue to lighten the financial load

In a summer where the unthinkable occurred when Lionel Messi parted ways with Barcelona, the Blaugrana have been forced to undertake a self-imposed mass exodus of players off the books for them to solve their growing financial issues.

Pjanic, should he seal a loan move away, would be the 12th Barcelona player to leave the club in some capacity this summer, including Emerson Royal, Junior Firpo, Jean-Clair Todibo, Carles Aleña, Rey Manaj, Juan Miranda, Matheus Fernandes, Monchu, Francisco Trincão, and Antoine Griezmann.

More wages off the books as Barcelona midfielder heads to Turkey

BARCELONA, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 29: Antoine Griezmann of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona v Osasuna at the Camp Nou on November 29, 2020 in Barcelona Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

All told, Barca pocketed ~€40million from sales and an untold amount of wages from just Messi and Griezmann alone. With the deals that Griezmann move back to Atlético Madrid and Trincão move to Wolves – moves that are sure to turn into permanent buys next summer – Barca seems to be approaching things the right way.

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