Sport Sarri has no Pjanic problems despite talk of imminent Arthur swap
Sarri denies row with rumoured Barcelona target Pjanic
Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri insists there has been no disagreement with Miralem Pjanic, who has been linked with Barcelona. Maurizio Sarri has emphatically dismissed rumours of a row with Miralem Pjanic as Juventus prepare to resume their Serie A campaign. A story in the Italian media claimed the Juve boss had a disagreement with the midfielder - who has been heavily linked with Barcelona - during a training session ahead of the game against Bologna on Monday.
Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri says he has no concerns about Miralem Pjanic's suitability to his plans despite talk of an imminent swap deal involving Barcelona's Arthur.
There is a growing belief that the two clubs have agreed to a deal that would see Juve pay Barca €10million and send Pjanic to Camp Nou in exchange for Brazil international Arthur.
Rumours of such a deal have persisted for many weeks, with both clubs said to see the arrangement as a useful way of balancing the books amid the financial uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, but Arthur was reportedly not interested in a move until a change of heart in the past few days.
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The Brazilian had been reluctant to leave the Catalans, however the situation has changed over the last 24 hours and the move is now edging closerWhile 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).
Speaking ahead of Juve's Serie A clash with Lecce on Friday, which could stretch their lead over Lazio at the top of the table to seven points, Sarri insisted he has not been told by the club that Pjanic is bound for the exit.
He also made it clear he is not pushing for the midfielder to leave despite suggestions Pjanic is not wholly compatible with Sarri's preferred system.
"If he is sold, it'll be for other reasons. He is not under discussion from a technical point of view," he said on Thursday.
"But the club haven't given me any signals in that sense, so I don't take it into consideration.
"The discussions between him and me are on technical and mental aspects. He mustn't worry if he misses a game, but he has to react quickly.
"I'm happy with Miralem and I'm sure, in that role, he can improve further."
When asked specifically about Arthur, Sarri replied: "Arthur is a Barcelona player and I don't want to talk about him."
Sarri had appeared irked by the fact Barca counterpart Quique Setien spoke about the rumours this week, claiming Arthur was affected by the speculation.
"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," Setien said.
"We need him to be focused. It's true it is a difficult situation but we have to overcome it somehow."
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.