Man United set to make Roma ace their new midfield maestro

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With Jose Mourinho all-but-confirmed as Manchester United’s new manager, the Portuguese boss is believed to already be targeting new Old Trafford arrivals, with Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic reportedly top of his list of targets.

The Bosnian international has impressed greatly in Serie A, finishing the last two seasons as the league’s highest assist-maker.

He also netted 12 times in all competitions in 2015-16, helping the Giallorossi reach the last 16 of the Champions League and secure a third-place spot in the Italian top-flight.

While the capital club may be keen to hold onto one of their top stars, Roma’s current financial situation means they may not be able to turn down a reasonable offer for the man valued at £26.25m by Transfermarkt.co.uk.

One of the main criticisms levelled at the Old Trafford outfit last season was a lack of dynamic midfielders – with the north-west giants scoring just 49 Premier League goals, their lowest top-flight total since 1989-90.

With that in mind, Pjanic could be the perfect acquisition for a Red Devils squad which boasts one of the country’s strongest defences but lacks the flair possessed by the former Metz man.

And Mourinho has the whole summer to try and tempt the 26-year-old to swap the Stadio Olimpico for the Stretford End, with Bosnia absent from Euro 2016.

Man United are 11/2 joint-third-favourites to win next season’s Premier League, and if Jose can add players of Pjanic’s quality to the Old Trafford roster this summer, the Reds could prove a very popular bet to land their 21st top-flight title.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.