Sport Juventus and Barcelona reach agreement over sensational Arthur-Pjanic swap deal
Pjanic-Arthur exchange approaches - Bosnier at Sarri below through
© Quality Sport Images / Getty Images Arthur should go to Juventus in exchange with Miralem Pjanic FC Barcelona and Juventus are in talks around one Change from Miralem Pjanic to Spain apparently very far: Arthur Melo should go to Italy in exchange. The latter turned sideways, but has recently shed his negative attitude. For a few weeks now, Barca has been trying to get the deal with Miralem Pjanic under lock and key, the two clubs probably also agree in principle: it should be a barter deal.
Juventus and Barcelona have agreed the main terms for an incredible swap deal involving midfielders Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic, Goal can confirm.
While there has been no concrete agreement over the finances involved, there is now genuine expectation that the move will happen, with Barca potentially receiving a fee in the region of €70 million (£63m/$79m).
Arthur, who only joined the Liga champions from Gremio in 2018, had previously expressed his desire to remain at Camp Nou.
Indeed, Goalwith the 23-year-old
80 million euros! Juventus and Barça agree on Arthur transfer
© Soccrates Images / Getty Images Will Arthur soon play for Juventus? Surprising news in the Arthur case: Juventus Turin are said to have already agreed a transfer fee for the 23-year-old midfielder with Barça! In the past few weeks there had been a lot of speculation about an change from Arthur to Old Lady. So far, however, all the media had assumed that the Brazilian could only be transferred to Turin in an exchange with Miralem Pjanic, who is considered Barcelona's dream player.
Arthur's stance has changed in the last 24 hours, however, with Barca head coach Quique Setien having publicly claimed that talk of the player joining the Serie A leaders is likely to be playing on his mind, while refusing to confirm he'll remain a Barca player next season.
He told reporters when asked if Juve's interest in the midfielder had affected his performance in the 1-0 win over Athletic Club: "If this is the case I'm sure it's affecting him, yes.
"I'm very happy with what he's doing, he's an important player for us and we'll try to get the best out of him.
"Given how things are we need all of our players and we'll try and isolate ourselves from this situation and the media who are reporting on and talking about these rumours. We need him to be focused. It's true it is a difficult situation but we have to overcome it somehow."
Juventus manager Sarri has no problems picking Pjanic despite imminent Barcelona deal
There is growing belief that the Croatian international will go to Spain and Arthur will head to Turin, but his boss is not interestedArthur has agreed to join Juventus from Barcelona, setting up a deal that will see Pjanic move in the opposite direction.
The decision to offload Arthur may seem a strange one, given his importance to the first team, although with Barca needing to sell players to help balance the books, the Brazilian falls into the category of being available for the right price.
The Catalans have activelyalthough to no avail thus far, while Arthur is considered a more expendable member of the squad.
Indeed, Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Clement Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong are the only Barca players that are not for sale, while there has been little movement over the futures of the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Arturo Vidal, Samuel Umtiti and-
A move for Pjanic will help soften the blow of Arthur's departure, with Barca desperate to have the deal finalised by June 30 - the end of the financial year - as they seek to raise the necessary funds to avoid ending the period with a loss.
Should the clubs fail to reach a final agreement by July 1, Setien's side will expect Pjanic's value to depreciate by €10m (£9m/$11m), thus increasing the total package for Maurizio Sarri's Juve.
Pjanic would only leave Juve for Barca – Paratici .
Fabio Paratici discussed Miralem Pjanic's transfer to Barcelona prior to Juventus' victory over Genoa on Tuesday.Pjanic will swap Juve for Barca at the end of the 2019-20 season, with Arthur moving in the opposite direction as part of the high-profile swap deal.