Barcelona offered swap deal for Miralem Pjanic

La Liga heavyweights Sevilla have proposed a loan swap deal to sign Miralem Pjanic from Barcelona, with Karim Rekik heading the other way.

According to Spanish outlet Futbol Total, Sevilla will look to sign Miralem Pjanic in the final few days of the summer transfer window on a loan deal for the remainder of the 2022/23 season. And the Andalusian giants have proposed a swap deal for the out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder, with Karim Rekik heading the other way.

Miralem Pjanic has seen his progress halt since joining Barcelona from Juventus in a two-way deal that had Arthur Melo moving to the Allianz Stadium. But two years since the completion of the transfers, all four parties have regretted the decision, with Pjanic, in particular, dropping down the pecking order at Camp Nou.

The Bosnian midfielder was solid on loan at Besiktas, but the Turkish club did not sign him permanently. And Pjanic remains a bit-part player for Barcelona in the early days of the 2022/23 season, with opportunities likely to come few and far between. But Sevilla might offer the out-of-favour midfielder a chance to end his Barcelona misery while remaining in La Liga.

The Andalusian giants have proposed a loan swap deal with no mandatory purchase option, with Karim Rekik on offer for Barcelona. But Barcelona will unlikely look at the bid favourably, considering they have bolstered their central defensive unit by bringing Jules Kounde and Andreas Christensen to Camp Nou.

Barcelona recently registered Kounde in La Liga, and Xavi Hernandez has plenty of centre-backs at his disposal despite offloading Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet, and Oscar Mingueza this summer. But it is understandable why Sevilla will look to sign a midfielder like Pjanic despite the Bosnian being out of favour at Camp Nou.

Ivan Rakitic and Thomas Delaney face uncertain futures at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, with the former emerging on Newcastle United’s radar. The ex-Barcelona midfielder’s departure will leave a gaping hole in Sevilla’s midfield unit, making Pjanic a viable target.

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old also has some other clubs chasing him, with OGC Nice recently contacting him. It will be interesting to see if Barcelona will respond favourably to the loan swap offer from La Liga rivals Sevilla, even though they do not need to bring in Karim Rekik.

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