For the past week or so, the reports we’ve been hearing about Miralem Pjanic’s contract extension was that it’s basically a done deal with only the final details to be worked out.
Apparently those details have been worked out.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sport Italia, Juventus and Pjanic’s camp have agreed to a two-year contract extension that will see his current deal, one that expires in 2021, stretched out until the end of the 2022-23 campaign. And, as is a surprise to no one, Pjanic will receive a nice little raise after putting pen to paper on the brand new deal, officially becoming both one of Juventus’ highest-paid players as well as there being another clear signal that they view the 28-year-old Bosnian is a crucial player in Juve’s new project.
More from Di Marzio’s website:
Pjanic should renew for another two seasons until 2023 (his current contract expires in 2021) and his wages will increase to 6.5 million euros per season. Pjanic will remain in the black and white shirt: the signatures should arrive this week.
We know who is Juventus’ top earner these days, there’s no denying that. With his incoming contract extension, Pjanic will be up in the range of Paulo Dybala (and right around where Gonzalo Higuain was before he was shipped off to Milan).
This summer was different than others considering the rumors of Pjanic potentially departing were a constant rather than just something that popped up out of the grass and then disappeared a couple hours later. Barcelona reportedly had interest. He was linked with big-money English sides like Manchester City and Chelsea. We heard prices upward of €100 million as to what it make take to pry Pjanic away from the seven-time defending Italian champions this summer.
In the end, it was all for naught.
And now, as Juve get this new era centered around somebody who wears No. 7, the guy who sports No. 5 on his back is about to commit a large chunk of his prime to a club where he is undoubtedly the top player in the midfield.