There’s nothing quite like deadline day of the summer
transfer window, and the latest news
from ESPN stands as evidence for the same.
The report says that Barcelona are open to
exchanging Miralem Pjanic for Sevilla’s Luuk de Jong.
Barça have been unable to find a way out for Pjanic
during this window as they had planned to, and thus,
could pursue this as their way out. While it helps
them offload a heavy earner, it also brings in a central
striker, as has been requested by Ronald Koeman
multiple times in the past month.
The team lost their primary goal-scoring source in
Lionel Messi when he departed for Paris Saint-Germain
and could reportedly transfer out Antoine Griezmann
to Atletico Madrid during the dying hours of the window.
De Jong signed for Sevilla in the summer of 2019 and
has not even been able to live up to his €12.5 million
price tag. With a grand total of ten goals spread
across 69 league appearances, he has now been
demoted to third-choice after the arrival of Rafa Mir
from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Koeman has worked with LdJ in the past with the
Netherlands national team, and their chemistry could
work for Barcelona. The Dutch manager pushed for
the signing of his compatriot a couple of weeks ago
and could finally be getting his man.