Roma have announced that midfielder Miralem Pjanic is "not for sale" after Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc expressed an interest in the player.
Blanc told a news conference on Friday that Pjanic, 23, "could be interesting," admitting at the same time it would "be difficult" to get to either him or Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, although confirming they are "both targets for PSG."
"They're both interesting players, but first of all you need to negotiate," Blanc said. "I like Pjanic, but I'm not the only one. Roma like him too.
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"If we do get a new midfielder this winter, then I would be very happy. If nobody arrives, I won't be bothered or disappointed."
Negotiations with Roma will not even take place, though, even if Pjanic recently said he would only consider a move to the French capital if he were to leave the Serie A club.
Roma announced via Twitter on Friday evening that "no talks are underway regarding the exit of Miralem Pjanic. The player is not for sale."
The Giallorossi have signed Michel Bastos and Radja Nainggolan this winter, selling Michael Bradley to Toronto FC and Nicolas Burdisso to Genoa. They trail league leaders Juventus by eight points and appear intent on keeping their squad intact as they maintain a challenge for a first Scudetto since 2001.