Miralem Pjanic have boldly demanded a move to Italian champions Juventus this summer, according to club director Mauro Baldissoni.
The Bosnian has a release clause of €38m and wants to push through the move to Turin despite strong interest from Manchester City, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich.
Baldissoni reacted angrily to suggestions that it is Roma trying to get rid of the player and moved to clear the air in an interview on Radio Roma, as reported by Il Messaggero.
“I spoke to the lad this morning and he said he never wrote anything of the sort. I told him to defend himself and be careful, but above all we need to change the way things work in this city.
“It’s ridiculous that we have to come here and read out official contracts and documentation to deny things that are not true.”
Roma went on to read out a formal statement from Pjanic which was written on Thursday.
“With this note I inform you that I intend to activate my right to be transferred to another club, as agreed beforehand,” read the statement.
“I also tell you my intention to send the 20 per cent of my share of the transfer fee directly to the club that will buy my contract, which I specifically inform you is Juventus.
“I thank you and urge you to make contact to finalise the necessary contractual formalities.”