Sport Pjanic for Arthur! Barcelona are wasting Messi's final years

15:40  28 june  2020
15:40  28 june  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Swapping the 23- year -old Brazilian for the 30- year -old Bosnian makes no sporting sense but the Blaugrana have to balance the books.

Barcelona ’ s oddly structured deal to swap Arthur for Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic is explained by the Spanish club’ s In an ideal world, Barcelona would probably keep Arthur unless they received an exceptional offer for him. The 33- year -old Lionel Messi is on half a million euros a week, but there

  Pjanic for Arthur! Barcelona are wasting Messi's final years © Getty/Goal

Lionel Messi knew little about Arthur when the midfielder arrived at Camp Nou.

The Brazilian joked in the summer of 2018 that an added bonus of joining Barcelona would be the chance to check if Lionel Messi "is from this planet or not".

Like many of us, Arthur had often wondered if the six-time Ballon d'Or winner was really human.

Messi, though, wasn't as familiar with Arthur's talents. He was, therefore, pleasantly surprised to discover that the new arrival's style of play bore a striking resemblance to that of a former team-mate.

“I didn't know that much about Arthur but he seems similar to Xavi," the Argentine said. "He’s very safe and trustworthy. He has La Masia style: playing short passes, without losing the ball.

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Arthur , the 23- year -old Brazilian, had been reluctant to move, initially wanting to stay at the Camp Nou, but Juventus convinced him. The deal values Pjanic at €60m plus add-ons and Arthur at €70m plus add-ons. Both players have to complete medicals and final details are to be ironed out but Arthur has

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"He grasped it very quickly, the dynamic of the team.”

Those Xavi comparisons just kept coming during Arthur's impressive debut season at Camp Nou.

Indeed, perhaps the biggest compliment one could pay him is that Barcelona always looked like a better team with him in the starting line-up.

He was ridiculously comfortable in possession of the ball, and moved it quickly and effectively.

Even Xavi was impressed.

“I see myself in Arthur,” the Barca icon told Radio Catalunya. “He thinks quickly and he still has work to do, because I improved my game at Barca and I would not have got so good in another school.

“But Arthur looks mature. The priority in the middle of the pitch is to not lose the ball and he makes it look easy. He plays well and steadily.

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  Sarri has no Pjanic problems despite talk of imminent Arthur swap There is growing belief that Miralem Pjanic will join Barcelona and Arthur will head to Juventus, but Maurizio Sarri is not interested.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.

Arthur , who has agreed to join Juventus in a deal which will see Miralem Pjanic move the other way Barcelona are level on points with Real Madrid with seven rounds remaining in LaLiga, but behind Barcelona predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Arthur , Rakitic, Vidal; Messi

❗️ The Arthur Melo-Miralem Pjanic exchange between FC Barcelona and Juventus may soon be a reality. It only depends on the final yes of the Brazilian midfielder to one final offer from the Italian club, which already has everything agreed with Barça.

“I see great potential in him.”

He's not going to get the chance to realise it at Barcelona, though.

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As Goal revealed, Arthur will have a medical in Turin on Sunday ahead of an end-of-season transfer to Juventus.

He clearly didn't want to go. And the fans didn't want him to leave – certainly not as part of what is effectively a swap deal involving Miralem Pjanic.

Arthur is not having a good season. Even before he was, according to coach Quique Setien, distracted by the transfer talk, the 23-year-old was performing poorly.

Setien's appointment in January should have been a positive development for Arthur, given the former Betis' boss possession-orientated style of play.

However, Arthur has arguably regressed. He has grown increasingly inconsistent, and looked slow and ponderous on the ball.

Indeed, it was no coincidence that Setien's decision to replace him with Riqui Puig in last Tuesday's crucial win over Athletic Club changed the entire complexion of the match.

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Arthur will travel back to Barcelona with the rest of the squad at first. From there, he'll fly directly to Turin Blaugrana' s doctor will check up Pjanic ' s condition who is expected to join us as part of the The 23- year -old is expected to sign a five- year contract with Juve. The Serie A giants will reportedly

The pressure will be well and truly on Barcelona as they travel to take on Celta Vigo in LaLiga Those recurring questions fans have have arisen again with talk of Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic being involved in a swap deal, just as Arthur is a player that Lionel Messi himself compared to Xavi, and

The youngster brought the energy and incision that had previously characterised Arthur's game.

So, the issue is not so much that Barca are selling Arthur – but that they are replacing him with Pjanic.

If Arthur has been poor this season, Pjanic has been worse.

The Bosnian has failed dismally to adapt to Maurizio Sarri's brand of football at Juventus and has, rightly, been deemed surplus to requirements.

Quite what Barca are going to do with him is anyone's guess, given Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and the aforementioned Puig all look better options in the middle of the pitch.

Pjanic was a fine footballer but he is 30 now and evidently in decline. The last thing this Barca squad needs is another ageing player who is clearly past his best.

It is a signing that makes no sense from a sporting perspective but then, this is not really about football – it's about business.

Barcelona right now are more concerned with balancing the books than constructing a Champions League-winning squad.

That's hardly surprising, of course.

They may have topped this year's Deloitte Football Money League but they've spent close to €1 billion over the past six years and arguably only made five good signings: Luis Suarez, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Samuel Umtiti, De Jong and Arthur.

Juventus: Arthur for a medical check in Turin, Miralem Pjanic before moving to FC Barcelona

 Juventus: Arthur for a medical check in Turin, Miralem Pjanic before moving to FC Barcelona © Getty Images Brazilian midfielder Arthur from Spanish champions FC Barcelona joins Juventus. The 23-year-old arrived in Turin on a private jet on Saturday evening and, according to information from Goal and SPOX , is still undergoing a health check on Sunday. #Arthur è atterrato a Caselle ✈ Il brasiliano è pronto per le visite mediche con la Juve ⚪⚫ [???? @romeoagresti ] pic.twitter.com/H6xsZecR4r - Goal Italia (@GoalItalia) June 27, 2020 The midfielder has long been a favorite candidate of J

Arthur has accepted that Barca want to sell him and Juve could have the final 'yes' in the next 48 Barcelona have spunked way more money and wasted expensive players far worse than Arsenal Valuations at €60m for Pjanic and Arthur at €70m. Previous gap of €15m has been reduced to €10m.

Arthur , therefore, will be a Juventus player and Barça will sign Pjanic for around 10 million euros less. Pjanic reached an agreement with the Catalan club in May. The operation is financially favourable for Barça. The final agreement will see Arthur join Juve for around 70 million, while Barça will sign

However, Barca aren't just wasting money – they're also wasting Messi's final years at the very highest level.

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The Argentine turned 33 last Wednesday and he remains an outstanding player. The problem is that Barcelona have never been so reliant upon his genius.

The Blaugrana have scored 72 goals in La Liga this season; Messi has been directly involved in more than half of them (21 goals, 17 assists).

He has always posted ridiculous numbers in that sense, of course. What's significant now, though, is just how involved Messi is in Barca's play.

He's had 2292 touches in La Liga this season, which is more than he racked up during the entire 2008-09 season (2158) – and nearly as many Barca's midfield lynchpin Sergio Busquets this term (2457).

Messi's also completed 151 dribbles – nobody else has managed more than 43 (De Jong).

Essentially, the captain is having to do everything. He has to drop deep to make things happen in midfield and then get forward to set up or finish chances.

It's a ridiculous situation for a club of Barcelona's size and revenue. But no longer surprising.

After all, Barca have required a Luis Suarez replacement for two years yet somehow found themselves in a position where they had to make an emergency signing in February just so they had enough numbers in attack for the remainder of the campaign.

The subsequent suspension of play caused by the coronavirus outbreak only further highlighted the deep divisions at Camp Nou and the scale of the club's financial problems.

In truth, though, one need only watch them play to understand how badly the club is run, with their star player now surrounded by a largely sub-standard supporting cast.

Barca may like to label themselves 'more than a club' but right now they're less than Messi deserves.

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With the Catalan giants in turmoil, Spanish radio station Cadena SER reported that Messi would see out his £500,000-per-week contract at the club before moving on in the summer of 2021. However, the 33-year-old could end up staying once a new president is elected next year, with Messi considerably fed up with how the club is currently being run.

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