FC Barcelona have finally found a way to free themselves from the services and hefty wages of Meraleum Paganik this season. Despite reaching the end of the summer transfer window in Spain, the Catalan giants were able to reach an agreement in Turkey, where the transfer window remains open. The midfielder will now join Turkey in a loan deal with Besiktas that will last for a season with no option to buy.
Paganik came to Camp Nou from Serie A side joints in 2020, and manager Ronald Ko was barely prominent in the main lineup. Things weren’t expected to change for him this season, and it was clear Barcelona were looking for a way to offload him from the start of the summer transfer window.
Earlier reports linked Bosnia to the return of Juventus, and talks between the two clubs continued until the last days of the transfer window. As of August 31, however, no agreement had been reached and Pjanic was on the bench for a season. However, Blograna will not have any of that, as it would mean paying the wages of a player he would hardly use.
Fortunately for them, the window for Turkey’s transfer was still open and an agreement with Besiktas was finalized in time.
Pejnik appeared in only 30 matches during his first season with Barcelona, with only 13 starts. He found himself in a difficult position, as he had to struggle for a place in the starting line-up against Sergio Biscuits, Frankie de Jong and Pedri.
Barcelona will be happy that another high-earning player will be successfully fired after a pay cut that was accepted by first-team players who will remain. President Juan Laporta has managed to cut 145 million euros from his wage bill at the last minute, even as things were going downhill in the last days of the transfer window.