Spurs miss out on Roma playmaker but close in on Paulinho

Roma playmaker and Tottenham target Miralem Pjanic has played down talk that he could leave the Serie A club for Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

Pjanic has been the talk of a transfer out of the Italian capital all summer with reports linking him to the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga champions Barcelona but the 23 year old Bosnian’s representative says, “Miralem is concentrated solely on Roma.”

“He is very happy with the Giallorossi and has the utmost respect for the club, so I am convinced they will continue together with reciprocal satisfaction.”

The attacking midfielder joined the Serie A side for £11million from Lyon in 2011 on a four year deal and his performances since breaking into the first team last season have earned him a reputation as a leading light in Europe and Jurgen Klopp sees him as a replacement for Mario Goetze at Dortmund.

The Champions League finalists have been frustrated in their attempts to replace the Bayern Munich bound midfielder with Real Madrid and Manchester City taking control of the pursuit of Malaga’s Isco and Chelsea confirming that Kevin De Bruyne will be staying with them.

They are also pursuing another Tottenham target in the shape of Brazilian Bernard of Athletico Mineiro but both sides are unlikely to meet the club’s £20million evaluation of the young international.

Spurs recently appointed Franco Baldini as their Technical Director after prying him away from Roma to oversee their recruitment policy and it is thought that he may sound out a number of targets from the Giallorossi to see if they are interested in following in his path to London including striker Pablo Osvaldo.

Spurs look to have already nailed down their first signing of the summer with another Brazilian Paulinho suggesting that his departure for White Hart Lane is all but finalised.

The midfielder said last night in Brazil where he is representing his nation at the Confederation Cup, “I feel I am ready to experience football at the highest level in Europe and the opportunity to play in England is a dream.

“It’s a great pleasure to be linked to such a great club like Tottenham. They have a reputation as one of the great clubs in England who play exciting, attacking football which suits my style.

“I couldn’t turn them down if they made it made me an offer. It would be a great pleasure to play for Tottenham.”

Aaron hails from Dublin, and follows the Premiership religiously. A Tottenham Hotspur supporter.