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Juventus board calls off reunion with Barcelona midfielder

Juventus snub Massimiliano Allegri’s request of reuniting with Barcelona midfielder, Miralem Pjanic.

Massimiliano Allegri is a man on a mission to bring back Juventus as serial winners after the club underwent a troublesome period under Andrea Pirlo. In Allegri’s first tenure, the Zebre were a dominant force in Italy and Europe, winning the Scudetto five times on the trot and reaching the final of the Champions League on two occasions

One of the Italian manager’s pivotal members in his first tenure was Miralem Pjanic. The Bosnian international was the midfield maestro and his presence in the engine room played a key role in guiding Juve to trophies. However, this time around, the 53-year-old will be without his preferred central midfielder who is currently at Barcelona after completing a move last summer that saw Arthur Melo arrive in Turin.

Pjanic has struggled at Camp Nou and has failed to convince Ronald Koeman to grant him a prominent role. The Dutchman prefers using a midfield trio of Frenkie de Jong, Pedri and Sergio Busquets, leaving no room for the 31-year-old. Since the Bosnian has not been of much use, the Catalans are open to the idea of parting ways with him to reduce their wage bill.

According to Tutto Sport, Max Allegri wants to reunite with Miralem Pjanic for a second time at Juventus. However, the board of directors has called off the possibility as its main target is Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli.

The Italian youngster is a better option than Pjanic at the moment as he would be the ideal replacement for Aaron Ramsey who could be sold this summer. Locatelli provides an attacking threat from midfield that Juventus desperately require as they have been overly reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo to find the back of the net.

While a return for Pjanic has been ruled out, Allegri still has quite a selection of midfielders to choose from next season. Juve currently have Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Arthur Melo, Rodrigo Bentancur, Weston McKennie as first-team midfielders and are in the driving seat to sign Locatelli this summer.

Andrea Agnelli has utmost faith in the Italian manager to turn things around for the Old Lady but only time will tell what’s in store for the Bianconeri. Has the board made the right decision by turning down Allegri’s request and focusing on Locatteli instead?