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Miralem Pjanic open to PSG move

January 21, 2014
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Miralem Pjanic has told Paris Saint-Germain they are the only club he would leave AS Roma for during the transfer window.

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GettyImagesMiralem Pjanic joined Roma from Lyon on transfer deadline day in August 2011.

Pjanic, 23,  says he does not want to leave the Serie A club, but were the Ligue 1 leaders to come knocking he would find it hard to say turn them down. PSG appear to have heard Pjanic's call and a bid is reported to be imminent.

"I love the Roma fans. It's a great club and I'm extremely happy here," he explained to France's TF1 television. "But PSG's interest is appealing and they are the only club I would go to if I were to leave here one day, but all three of us would have to be in agreement: the two clubs and I. That's not the case at this moment in time."

All parties could yet be agree on a deal this January, however, with reports in France and Italy suggesting former Palermo midfielder Javier Pastore could be offered in part-exchange.

Roma have already strengthened their midfield this winter by signing Radja Nainggolan from Cagliari and Michel Bastos from Al Ain.

Bastos arrived on Monday, signing a contract with the Giallorossi until the end of the season with an option for a permanent move in the summer. Roma have paid 1.1 million euros for the initial loan and will have to stump up a further 3.5 million euros to secure the Brazil international in the long-term.

"He could help Roma," said coach Rudi Garcia, who worked with the player at Lille, at a news conference. "With him and Nainggolan, we're stronger and the squad is bigger -- we now have many more options, also in attack. Michel is also an alternative as a full-back."


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