30 June 2020 02:35
Barcelona have signed midfielder Miralem Pjanic from Juventus in a deal worth 65million euros (£59.39m) just hours after confirming Arthur Melo had moved in the opposite direction. The Spanish champions had earlier announced that Brazil international Arthur had joined Juventus in a deal worth an initial 72million euros (£66.06m). Bosnia and Herzegovina international Pjanic's signing was also confirmed on the same day that Juve club stalwarts Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini signed new one-year deals to remain at the Allianz Stadium. Barcelona said in a statement on their official website: "FC Barcelona and Juventus have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Miralem Pjanic. An earlier Barca statement regarding Arthur's switch to Italy read: "FC Barcelona and Juventus FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Arthur Melo.
Barca confirmed both Pjanic and Arthur will join their respective new clubs at the end of the 2019/20 season. LATEST NEWS | Agreement with @juventusfcen for the transfer of @arthurhromelo — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 29, 2020 Pjanic began his career at French club Metz and after a spell at Lyon he moved on to Roma, where he made 200 appearances in five seasons before signing for Juventus in 2016. He won three Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia crowns and one Italian Super Cup with Juventus. Arthur joined the reigning LaLiga champions from Gremio in 2018 and has gone on to make 72 appearances for the club, winning the league title and the Spanish Super Cup in his first season. Advertising Buffon and Chiellini, meanwhile, will remain with the Serie A leaders, who are chasing a ninth consecutive Scudetto this season, until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
It is essentially an exchange between the players, with an additional €12m in cash and a further €10m in variable add-ons going to the Blaugrana. The transfers were announced in two different statements, because while Barca could spill the news earlier, Juve had to wait until the Italian stock exchange had closed. "FC Barcelona and Juventus have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Miralem Pjanic. The cost of the operation will be 60 million euros plus 5m in variables," read a Barcelona statement. As for the Juventus statement, it contained a few more details, for example that in both cases, the payment will be over four instalments. Pjanic's sale will generate a net profit of €41.8m for the Bianconeri, taking into account both payment and outstanding wages. The two midfielders both had their medicals in Turin on Sunday and signed the contracts before Arthur flew back to Spain to continue training. They will remain with their current clubs for the rest of the 2019-20 sporting season, which will be once their Champions League campaigns have concluded in August. "FC Barcelona and Juventus FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Arthur Melo. "The player will remain at FC Barcelona until the end of official competition in the 2019/20 season," read a statement on the Blaugrana website. Bosnia international Pjanic joined Juve in 2016 when they paid the €32m release clause in his Roma contract. Pjanic came to Serie A for Roma in 2011, previously playing for Olympique Lyonnais and FC Metz. The 30-year-old leaves the Bianconeri after 171 games, scoring 22 goals and providing 36 assists, although he will continue to play for the rest of this season. OFFICIAL Juventus agree deal with @FCBarcelona to sign @arthurhromelo and for the sale of @Miralem_Pjanic. — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 29, 2020 Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £9.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: / Arthur Melo will join Juventus from Barcelona at the end of the season with Miralem Pjanic heading in the opposite direction. The Brazil international's £66million move to the Serie A club was announced on the same day that Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini signed one-year contract extensions. 2 Arthur will be joining Juventus next season Shortly after that deal was announced, Barcelona confirmed the signing of Pjanic in a deal worth £59.4million. He signed a four-year contract with to jon the LaLiga giants following four seasons with Juventus. The players will remain at their respective clubs until the end of the current season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arthur joined Barcelona from Gremio in 2018 and has gone on to make 72 appearances for the club, winning the league title and the Spanish Super Cup in his first season. Getty Images - Getty 2 Miralem Pjanic will be heading to LaLiga A statement on Barca's official website read: "FC Barcelona and Juventus FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Arthur Melo. The Italian club will pay 72 million euros, plus 10 million euros in variables. "The player will remain at FC Barcelona until the end of official competition in the 2019-20 season." Pjanic joined Juventus in 2016 from Roma and has so far won the league title in each of his seasons there, with the Turin club currently four points clear this campaign. Ally McCoist says Liverpool's title win either shouldn't come with an asterisk, or it should have TWO! A statement read: "FC Barcelona and Juventus have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Miralem Pjanić. The cost of the operation will be 60million euros plus 5m in variables. "The player will sign a contract with the club for the next four seasons, until the end of the 2023/24 season, with a buy out clause of 400 million euros. "The player will remain at Juventus until the 2019-20 season is over."