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Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic has warned Alvaro Morata and Matthijs de Ligt to think twice before joining the Catalan club.
Morata is currently on loan at Juventus from Atletico Madrid, but reports suggest that new Blaugrana head coach Xavi wants to strengthen his attack further by picking up the striker after already acquiring Ferran Torres.
Barca will not be able to register Torres, or other potential signatures, until they have discharged players to negotiate wage cap difficulties, even though they have been linked with several strikers in recent days.
Club president Joan Laporta apparently feels that his LaLiga outfit is back on the market after telling the world that Barca have returned, with speculation even suggesting a switch to Erling Haaland.
However, Pjanic, who is currently on loan at Besiktas, called for caution for any player considering joining his parent club.
He told Tuttosport: “Morata has had a fantastic career so far. He played for big clubs like Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Juventus. Sometimes players need motivation, but I would like to think twice before leaving a club, where they feel good.
“Morata knows what to do, Barcelona hired Xavi, a coach who knows the club really well, I do not know the details, but I have always heard that Morata was fond of Juventus, although when Barcelona call, you always have to think results . “
Pjanic endured a tumultuous time after leaving Bianconeri in 2020 for Camp Nou, where he clashed with former Barca boss Ronald Koeman and was subsequently loaned out to Besiktas earlier this season.
He extended his encouragement to consider any potential switch closely to De Ligt, which has been a long-term goal for Barca ever since joining his childhood club Ajax.
After first being overwhelming in Turin after his transfer of € 75 million, De Ligt has flourished under Massimiliano Allegri this campaign, finishing second among Juve defenders in minutes played in Serie A (1,293), while he last committed a mistake that led to goals in his debut in the 2019 – 20 season.
In fact, among defenders to play 700 minutes or more in this year’s Serie A, no player has been dribbled fewer times than De Ligt (only once), but his future is still in doubt.
Center-backs agent Mino Raiola revealed in December that his client would be open to new challenges away from the Allianz Stadium, but Pjanic is unsure if that is the best thing for De Ligt.
“De Ligt has three years left on his contract with Juventus, he has the right commitment, but I do not know if Barcelona are interested,” he added.
“He made a good choice by deciding to join Juventus and working with Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, he loves Juventus and when you are happy, it’s better not to leave. We’ll see if he wants the motivation to leave. ”
Juventus are ready to have the pair available for their home game against Napoli on Thursday, which are currently in fifth place in the league – 12 points behind leaders Inter ahead of their first game in 2022.