Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic and Barcelona’s Arthur in swap deal

Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic and Barcelona’s Arthur in swap deal

Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Bosnian international midfielder Miralem Pjanic from Juventus for an initial 60 million euros ($67.4m), plus a potential five million euros more in bonuses, the two clubs announced on Monday.

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The 30-year-old will move to the Camp Nou on a four-year deal once the current, delayed season has been completed.

The two clubs earlier confirmed that Brazilian international midfielder Arthur Melo will move in the opposite direction to Juventus in a separate deal for 72 million euros plus a further 10 million euros in variables.

Arthur and Pjanic will remain with their current teams until the end of the 2019-’20 campaign, which will include the reformed Champions League knock-out stage in August.

It raises the possibility that Arthur and Pjanic could face each other, and their future clubs, in the competition’s latter stages.

“FC Barcelona and Juventus have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Arthur Melo. The Italian club will pay 72 million euros, plus 10 million euros in variables,” Barcelona confirmed in a statement.

“The player will remain at FC Barcelona until the official competitions for the 2019/20 season end.”

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