Juventus complete the signing of Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic
By Chris MacRae
Last Updated: 14/06/16 3:04pm
Juventus have completed the signing of Miralem Pjanic from Roma.
The 26-year-old midfielder, who had been linked with a switch to Chelsea this summer, has signed a five-year deal in Turin worth £3.5m a year.
The Bosnia international was under contract with Roma until June 2018 but had an agreement which allowed him to leave provided a 38m Euros release clause was activated.
He said: "I'm delighted that I'll be wearing the Juventus shirt from now on. It was always tough to play here against such a great side.
"There's a different atmosphere to other stadiums, this is a great stadium. You knew you were playing against a top side here, and we always expected a tough game. I hope it will continue to be just as hard for opponents and that we can enjoy a lot of success together."
He began his career in France with Metz, before enjoying a three-year spell at Lyon.
In 2011, he made the move to Serie A with Roma, and made 159 appearances, scoring 27 goals, including 10 last season. He also contributed 12 assists in 33 league appearances as Roma secured a third-place finish.
In the mould of former Juventus schemer Andrea Pirlo, Pjanic thrived in the Italian capital as a deep-lying playmaker.