Arthur Melo is ready to move to Juventus after Barcelona accept his exit.
The Brazilian midfielder had previously rejected the option of joining the Turin side when Barcelona approached him earlier. Despite this, the Catalan side reached an agreement with Juventus which has resulted in many believing the deal to be finalized within the week.
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Mundo Deportivo reports that the former Gremio star is preparing to join Maurizio Sarri’s squad, agreeing to sign a contract, and awaits an official agreement to be reached between the club and his agent.
The report confirms that Miralem Pjanic will be moving in the opposite direction as part of an exchange deal between the two clubs.
The Catalans value their Brazilian at 70 million euros which is a massive profit in the current market that is struggling economically due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Although Barca receive Pjanic in return, meaning they receive the Bosnian (valued at 50m) and an additional 10 million euros, this also means that Blaugrana loses out on a massive future star that was deemed as the next Andres Iniesta for the club.
The Blaugrana hierarchy, however, believes that Arthur did not perform as per their expectations, which has resulted in them agreeing to Juve’s terms. The midfielder will, now, no longer be able to live his dream of being successful at Camp Nou while Pjanic will fulfill his dream of playing for the Catalans.
Both sides now await the player and his agent’s formal agreement with Juventus, who have reportedly offered the player a 5.5 million euro per year contract, almost tripling his current contract.
Is Barca’s decision to swap Arthur for Miralem Pjanic correct?