Football: Juventus sign Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic for €32 million

Miralem Pjanic celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match between Roma and Chievo.
Miralem Pjanic celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match between Roma and Chievo.PHOTO: AFP

ROME (REUTERS) - Italian football champions Juventus have signed creative midfielder Miralem Pjanic for €32 million (S$49 million) from Serie A rivals Roma on a five-year contract, the Turin-based club said on Tuesday.

The Bosnia international joined Roma from Lyon in 2011 and scored 10 goals and set up 12 more in 33 league appearances to help his team finish third in Serie A this past season.

He is considered the leading playmaker in Serie A with a league-leading 28 assists over the past three seasons and is also a free-kick specialist.

"Juventus Football Club can today confirm that Miralem Pjanic has completed a permanent switch from Roma for a fee of €32 million," the Italian champions said on their website (www.juventus.com). "The 26-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the club."

Pjanic handed in an official transfer request on Saturday, which Roma confirmed on their website (www.asroma.com).

The player informed his former club that he wished to activate a release clause in his contract that allowed him to leave for a pre-agreed amount, adding that he would pay 20 per cent of the fee himself with Juventus making up the balance.