Juventus have agreed an €80m fee with Barcelona for midfielder Arthur Melo, with Maurizio Sarri keen to build his midfield around the Brazilian, in a deal which will see Miralem Pejanic go the other way for around €10m less. There is a possibility of
Arthur has made 26 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona in 2019/20, but has been linked with a transfer. Serie A giants Juventus and Inter have shown an interest in him for some time, despite the fact that the Brazilian has made it clear he wants to stay at the Camp Nou.
BREAKING: Juventus have agreed a £72.5m fee with Barcelona to sign Arthur.
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However, Sky Sports now report that the I Bianconeri have agreed a €80m fee with Barcelona for the midfielder. Despite his reservations about leaving Barça, Juventus hope to convince him. Manager Sarri is keen to build his midfield around Arthur in the same way he did with Jorginho during his time at Napoli and Chelsea.
Juventus have offered the 23-year-old a salary of €5m a year, significantly more than he currently earns at Barcelona. However, despite the fee being agreed, Arthur’s preference is still to stay at Barcelona and fight for his place.
As reported for a while, Juventus’ Pjanic could go in the opposite direction, although there are complications. Pjanic is said to be worth around €70m, but Sky Sports report that Barcelona do not think Pjanic is worth just £9m (€10m) less than Arthur.
Miralem Pejanic moves to Barcelona as part of deal/Socrate Images/Getty Images
Pjanic is believed to have already agreed terms with Barcelona, but the finer details of a potential deal are yet to be worked out, while Arthur is yet to give his blessing.
Barcelona’s financial problems as a result of the coronavirus have been well-documented, and the club is actively trying to offload a number of players. They have again reduced their valuation of Philippe Coutinho in a bid to raise funds as they look to balance the books before the end of the financial year.