A couple of days ago we covered claims from Spain which stated Tottenham have made contact over signing Miralem Pjanic.

Barcelona want to sell the player in the current transfer window, largely to get his wages off their accounts, and are looking for solutions.

Fabio Paratici, who will know the player well from their time together at Juventus, was said to have made contact to ask about taking Pjanic on loan. That wouldn’t be the ideal situation for Barcelona, but it would certainly be better than nothing.

Saturday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo reports Pjanic isn’t in the plans of Ronald Koeman, and therefore the Catalan club are ‘looking for a way out’.

There had been claims a return to Serie A was the player’s desire, but there doesn’t appear to be any Italian clubs tussling for the signing. That would make things much easier for Tottenham, and help the chances of a loan.

The Italian tax Growth Decree could also play a part. Italy’s tax laws were tweaked a couple of years ago to give huge discounts to people moving to the country.

Athletes can get a 50% reduction, but they must have been outside Italy for the previous two years.

Pjanic moved to Barcelona in June 2020, so should he want to take advantage of that tax perk, which can last for five years, then he needs to stay away for a further season… a further little boost for Tottenham.