Manchester City are set to battle it out with North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham to sign highly rated Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
The Sun report that the Premier League giants have been hugely impressed with the 23-year-old’s progress since he joined Roma two years ago.
Roma have had a disappointing season and are set to miss out on the Champions League for the third year in a row. However, Pjanic has been a shining light in the team and could be tempted with a move to a club who will compete in Europe’s top competition.
Champions League experience
Pjanic has Champions League experience and helped Lyon reach the semi-final in 2010 with a winning goal against Real Madrid along the way.
Roberto Mancini is looking to inject some creativity into his City side after David Silva and Sergio Aguero had disappointing seasons by their own high standards. City have scored just over two thirds the amount of goals they managed last season which is why they failed to defend their title.
Andre Villas-Boas would like to bring in a quality playmaker to take some of Tottenham’s creative burden away from PFA Player of the Year Gareth Bale.
Arsenal are thought to be ready to splash the cash this summer and Arsene Wenger is always keen to bring in creative talent. Pjanic is likely to cost around £20m so it would send out a strong message to the league if he were to end up at the Emirates.
However, the North London rivals will have to concentrate on making sure they qualify for the Champions League if they are to have a realistic chance of competing for the top talent in Europe.