While it took Chelsea a good long while to get going in the summer transfer window, the team ended up doing quite well in gazumping Manchester City for Napoli midfielder Jorginho, and then adding Mateo Kovačić as well on loan from Real Madrid to satisfy new head coach Maurizio Sarri’s request for another midfielder of a “different profile”.
But before the Kovačić deal, Chelsea were also linked with Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanić, who could’ve also been an interesting addition, though the rumors always seemed a bit too fanciful given Juventus’ stated interest in not selling and Pjanić’s non-existent desire to move.
With Chelsea complicating a deal for Jorginho, Manchester City could turn back to Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic (28), who the English champions had a €50m bid rejected for just over a month ago. [Tuttosport] pic.twitter.com/pkEI4uC8fo— City Watch (@City_Watch) July 9, 2018
But of course there was more to things than just pure speculation, and so, a little over a week after the English transfer window shut and just a few days after the Italian one did the same, Pjanić has been rewarded with a new contract.
️ UFFICIALE: @Miralem_Pjanic continuerà a regalare magie in bianconero fino al 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣3️⃣— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) August 21, 2018
➡️ https://t.co/GwWLr7uCQC#ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/AWwvfRpmFX
With the 28-year-old now set to stay with the Old Lady until 2023, at least we won’t have to serve as fodder for future transfer rumors / negotiation leverage for a good long while, if ever.
Now, if only Eden Hazard do us a solid, too, and let us get that extension done...