BARCELONA, September 3 (Reuters) – Miralem Pjanic has been loaned to Besiktas from Barcelona for the rest of the season, with the Turkish side confirmed on Friday that the Bosnian midfielder is the last player to leave the Catalan club.
Besiktas announced that he will pay € 2.7 million ($ 3.2 million) to provide the 31-year-old man until June 2022.
Pjanic arrived at Camp Nou last year from Juventus, where he has been since 2016. Although the Bosnian national team player made 30 appearances for Barça in all competitions, he was unable to maintain his usual starting position.
Barcelona have tried to cut their payroll in the transfer window. Even Lionel Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain was not enough for the club to comply with LaLiga’s financial Fair Play rules and to register new players.
Lots of players flew out the window and Antoine Griezmann also left the club on the last day, returning to Atletico Madrid on loan.
Barcelona have publicly stated that they have asked senior players to agree to pay cuts and deferred payments. Gerard Piquet was the first to agree, allowing new subscribers to be registered for Emerson Royal, which was then sold to Tottenham Hotspur, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia.
Jordi Alba and captain Sergio Busquets followed suit on the day of the deadline, which meant that Sergio Aguero could finally be registered in a close-season scrum.
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Peter Hall Reporting Editing By Toby Davis
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