- Barcelona tried to sign the Bosnian when he was only 18 years old.
- His father has revealed that they rejected the offer because of the crisis which was ongoing at Barca.
- Besides, they feared Miralem won't be given a proper chance to mature as a player.
- Interestingly, Guardiola took over at Camp Nou the same summer Pjanic rejected the offer.
Miralem Pjanic's father, Fahrudin, has revealed that Barcelona could have landed the Bosnian back in 2008. However, the crisis which was going on at Camp Nou made the player reject the offer.
"The negotiations were concrete and there was a solid offer for Miralem, but it was a turbulent time at the club, they changed the coach Rijkaard, players, they asked for the president to resign, so we didn't go," Fahrudin Pjanic has told EFE (h/t Diario Sport).
"Also for someone who was then 18 it wasn't good to go to a club like Barcelona where they demand immediate results and where nobody has time to wait for a young player to mature and develop in the best way."
Instead, Pjanic joined Lyon, where he stayed for three seasons. Miralem left the Ligue 1 outfit having registered 16 goals and 21 assists in 121 matches.
Twelve years later, Barca finally signed the Bosnian. The Catalans will pay Juventus €60m plus €5m in bonuses for the transfer. The midfielder has signed a deal until 2024 and his release clause has been set at €400m.
Pjanic's stats at Juve:
Curiously, Pep Guardiola was appointed as coach the same summer and went on to win all of the available six titles in 2009.
Back then, Barca had Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Seydou Keita, Alexander Hleb, Yaya Toure, and Sergio Busquets in midfield.
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