Deal On: Chelsea eyeing ambitious move for world-class no.5

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Chelsea are plotting a move for Juventus star Miralem Pjanic this summer. The Blues are set for a busy summer with the imminent exit of Antonio Conte and the appointment of a new manager. Maurizio Sarri is expected to take over from compatriot and is familiar with Serie A having spent his entire managerial career in Italy.

Miralem Pjanic is considered one of the best midfielders in Italian football, but Juventus are willing to sell the 28-year-old to raise funds for other transfers. Corriere dello Sport claims Barcelona had been leading the race to sign Pjanic, but will now face competition from the Blues. Juventus value key midfielder at £70 million and Barcelona want the Bosnia and Herzegovina international to replace Andres Iniesta.

The club legend left Barcelona at the end of last term and the La Liga champions then missed out on their top target Antoine Griezmann. But, Chelsea are willing Bosnian to rival Cesc Fabregas and eventually take over from the 31-year-old Spain international. Former Arsenal captain is an integral part of Chelsea’s squad but was rotated in and out of Antonio Conte’s side during last season.

Of the 36 appearances, Fabregas made in the Premier League last season, 25 of those were starts and Chelsea are hopeful Miralem Pjanic will be able to challenge the Spaniard.