Chelsea should be careful with €60m midfielder whose decline has already started

Sources like FourFourTwo today linked Chelsea with Miralem Pjanic, the Juventus midfielder, with a €60m valuation apparently in place for the 29 year old.

Those are links that would have excited us massively not long ago, and indeed some fans were still thrilled with the idea of us signing him.

But it’s important to note how far his stock has fallen in Serie A in the last couple of years.

After initially impressing at Lyon, and then stepping up to Roma where he improved even further, it was no surprise to see Juventus snap him up not long after, as they so often do with the best talents in Serie A.

He’s been a regular starter in Turin ever since. But this season and last, fans have begun to turn against him a little, citing criticisms similar to those that Jorginho has received at Chelsea.

The Bosnian is regarded by some as too slow to defend properly, and by others as too passive in his passing.

Could this be the Maurizio Sarri effect kicking in, or is Pjanic really in the kind of decline we want to avoid?