He has been linked with a move to England, and Spurs are seen as a team with both the means and the fit for the player. Arriving under a coach in Nuno Espirito Santo who loves to build the play gradually, Pjanic would be the ideal marquee midfield metronome. He would take up a role akin to the one that Luka Modric used to play, offering Spurs a world-class midfield option in the shape of someone like Jorginho who has been so essential for Chelsea.
The move for Pjanic is expected to gather pace in the coming weeks, as Spurs look to try and start building a competitive squad for the future.
Is Pjanic a likely Spurs signing?
According to Spanish football expert Euan McTear, yes. The Scot was recently on ThisIsFutbol, and was quoted as saying regarding Spurs’ interest: “He’s another one of those players that they’re looking to move on. He’s been offered the chance to leave, and he’s turned that down apparently.
“He’s probably going to have to move on. If he does agree to that, Tottenham does seem a good fit.
“It’s hard to know what Nuno’s project is going to be like. But Pjanic is one of those veteran players that could probably suit Spurs well. So if he does move, then Tottenham is a good fit.”
Fans also need to remember that Spurs now employ Fabio Paratici, the man who signed the Bosnian for Juventus via AS Roma. The signing of Pjanic would be seen as a major marquee move for a club that is trying to develop and build a legitimate long-term team that can compete at the highest level. The ability to move for a player with the reputation of Pjanic, though, revolves around having a relationship with the player in the first place.
The fact that Paratici already has that relationship does make the likelihood of this signing take place to become a touch more likely. With a top class contacts book that has every opportunity to grow and develop opportunities that Spurs would normally miss out on, fans can be excited to see who else Paratici can target who would otherwise not entertain a move to Spurs.
Though out of the picture at Barcelona, there is little doubt that Pjanic is rated as among the best playmakers in the European game. Even in his current role at Barca, his arrival at Spurs would be a major coup for a club in a major transition.