Barcelona And Juventus Confirms The Swap Deal Of Arthur and Pjanic
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo will join Juventus at the end of the season. Miralem Pjanic is moving in the opposite direction, the two clubs said on Monday.
Barcelona have announced that they have paid € 60 million ($ 67.4 million) plus a potential € 5million bonus for Bosnian playmaker Pjanic after it was previously confirmed that Juventus would pay € 72 million plus 10 million variables for Arthur.
The two transactions take place separately, so the two clubs can increase their profits before the end of the financial year on June 30. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Pjanic's four-year contract includes an exemption clause of EUR 400 million, while Juventus said Arthur's contract will run for five years until June 2025.
Arthur and Pjanic will remain with their current team until the end of the 2019/20 season, which includes the final phase of the Champions League in August.
This raises the possibility that Arthur and Pjanic will still face each other and that their future clubs in the last 16 of the Champions League in Portugal must both win their last 16 exclusive matches in the second match.
In a statement, Juventus said they contracted Arthur for "72 million euros to be paid over a four-year period. The purchase value can be increased to a maximum of 10 million euros if certain conditions are fulfilled during the contract."
Brazilian international Arthur just came to Barca from Gremio in 2018 and was hailed as the club's future star. Many welcomed him as a long-term replacement for Xavi Hernandez in midfield.
After an exciting start, the 23-year-old is one of the few players who have stagnated this season, but the main motivation for the sale is considered financial.
Arthur's departure gave more control over the Barcelona Council and President Joseph Maria Bartomeu. They have monitored a number of gambling movements in the transfer market and are accused of not having a clear sensitivity about the club's direction.
Barcelona was hit hard by a three-month ban because of the coronavirus pandemic, and they must contribute around € 70 million to meet their budget for this season.
By selling Arthur, the board of directors can register transfer profits immediately before the allocation of payments to Pjanic for a 30-years contract.
Pjanic joined Juventus from Rome in 2016. He grew up in Luxembourg and made a name for himself first with Metz and then with Lyon in French football.
Last year, Barcelona made a similar transaction, replacing goalkeeper Jasper Kilessen for Neto Valencia, each worth around 30 million euros.
While Pjanic will cost around 10 million euros less than Juventus will pay for Arthur, Italy may feel they have a better deal because the Brazilian is seven years younger. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Arthur did not want to leave Camp Nou and even made a statement in April insisting that "the idea was clear" and that he wanted to play in Barcelona "for years to come".
But he believes he will change his mind after only having limited time to play under Quick Setien, while Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri insists he will be a key figure in his country in Turin.
Setien said at a press conference on Monday that the playmaker had promised to do his best for the rest of the season, because Barcelona seemed to balance the two points for Real Madrid at the top of the standings.
"We expect the greatest commitment from him until the last day he is here," Steen said.
"He is still a Barcelona player until the end of the season and has promised to do his best to achieve our goals.He is a man who will get engaged until the last day.