Even though Roma are set to fall short in their spirited challenge with Juventus for the Serie A title, Rudi Garcia’s first season in charge can be regarded as nothing less than a success.
With three fixtures remaining, Roma have already posted their highest ever points tally in an Italian league season, with Miralem Pjanic’s contribution at the head of their trio of central midfielders especially positive.
The Bosnian’s goal tally in this campaign has already bettered each of the last two combined and his mazy run and finish in the recent 2-0 victory over AC Milan was likened to Diego Maradona’s famous wonder goal against England by Garcia.
What this goal also did was confirm the interest of Paris-Saint Germain in the quest for Pjanic’s signature, with both he and Dani Alves reportedly topping the shortlist of the soon-to-be French champions.
Slightly lower down the shortlist is Chelsea’s Oscar, who has done little to enhance the title charge of the Blues of late, with his only real contribution in over 20 appearances in 2014 being his two goals in the 6-0 romp of Arsenal.
Although he still has a chance to change this in the second leg of the Champions League semi final with Atletico Madrid, where Oscar is attractively priced at 9/2 to net in the 90 minutes.
But, selling the Brazilian playmaker makes sense to Chelsea and they may even be able to make a profit on the 22-year-old.
Meanwhile, Pjanic will be in the final year of his contract with Roma next season and any talks to date have stalled, suggesting he is willing to look at other offers on his table.
Oscar may offer more from a defensive standpoint that Pjanic, as he is highly adept at pressing in high areas, alongside preventing opposing defensive midfielders from running the tempo of a game.
But, considering Chelsea have scored over 20 goals less than both Liverpool and Manchester City this season, Pjanic’s added dribbling ability and eye for a through pass may be the bigger asset to the Blues for next season.