Miralem Pjanic has secured a season-long loan to Turkish outfit Besiktas after leaving Barcelona as he looks for first team football following a miserable Nou Camp spell.
The midfielder joined the Catalan side for around £55million from Juventus as a replacement for Arthur Melo last summer – but the move did not go to plan as he struggled to impress boss Ronald Koeman and made just six LaLiga starts.
With the 31-year-old frozen out at the club, who have been trying to clear players off their wage bill amid a financial crisis, the Bosnian international has now found a temporary exit route after Beisktas snapped him up for the season.
Miralem Pjanic has secured a loan to Besiktas after becoming frozen out at Barcelona
They will pay roughly £2.3m to loan Pjanic – who earns £6.8m per year in his contract with Barcelona.
In a Twitter post announcing the signing, Besiktas wrote: ‘Don’t PANIC, we have PJANIC!’, with a mock-up image of him wearing their kit.
Pjanic is the 11th player to depart the Nou Camp this summer, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Emerson Royal, Junior Firpo and Jean-Clair Todibo securing permanent moves away from the club.
He played 30 times in all competitions last season, but was often used as a bit-part player. He arrived having been first choice with Juventus, winning four straight Serie A titles and featuring a total of 178 times in Turin, and was far from happy with his play time in Spain.
The midfielder made just six league starts last season as he struggled after his £55m move
Pjanic hit out at his boss Koeman for failing to pick him and said he ‘did not understand the situation’.
‘Should I play more? Yes, and that is what I want,’ he told MARCA.
‘Honestly, I don’t even understand the reason for this situation. It is clear that I want to play a lot more. I know I can give a lot, and when the coach calls me, I always answer. I did well, I played good games. More than that, I do not know what else I could do. I’m training, I’m ready.
‘I’m not satisfied and I can’t be, in my career I’ve never accepted the idea of not playing and I don’t even do it now. We will see, but I’m ready, I’m training well and waiting, I can’t do anything else. It is a very delicate situation.’