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Pjanic waiting for Arsenal offer

Arsenal are being strongly linked with a move for Metz teenager Miralem Pjanic, but the Gunners are yet to make a formal offer for the midfield talent.

Pjanic is only 17 but has been in impressive form for Ligue 1's bottom side in his first season as a professional, scoring two goals and contributing three assists in 26 games in all competitions.

He has been linked with a number of top European clubs including Real Madrid, Marseille and Liverpool, but talk of a possible summer move to Arsenal is growing despite the player signing a three-year deal with Metz in November.

"FC Metz has not received for the moment any official financial offer from Arsenal FC concerning our midfielder Miralem Pjanic," a club spokesperson told setantasports.com.

Admitting that interest from North London was flattering, if only speculation at present, Pjanic has revealed that the Bernabeu is his dream destination and that he may seek to move to another French club before trying his luck abroad.

"Nobody from Arsenal or Liverpool talked to me or to my father, but that doesn't mean that those two clubs aren't following me," said Pjanic on his official website. "It is also nice to hear words of praise from a coach like Arsene Wenger. That's a sign that I'm on a right path.

"I must admit that I'm satisfied with my career so far and I hope I will continue my development in the same way.

"After Metz I would like to move to one of the biggest French clubs. I think that would be the best step for me. Then later, if I will ever be so good, I can start thinking about moving to a gigantic one.

"From early years I dream about Real Madrid but I know well enough that I am far away from the standard which is needed to be part of Real."

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