Juventus And Barcelona Have Agreed Exchange Deal For Miralem Pjanic
Miralem Pjanic will play for Barcelona next season after the La Liga champions agreed terms with Juventus which will see full back Nelson Semedo go in the opposite direction.
Barca have been chasing the midfielder for some time now with reports recently saying the player had agreed to move to the Nou Camp, as long as a deal between the clubs could be sorted.
The player, along with teammate Mattia De Sciglio will move to Barca with Nelson Semedo going the other way, whilst Juve will also pay €25 million, according to Spanish outlet SPORT.
According to the report, as well as Pjanic's agreement to join Barca, fullback De Sciglio has also agreed to move to the Catalan giants.
The only issue that remains for the deal to be completed is Semedo agreeing to go to Turin. Initially the Italian champions wanted a swap with Arthur Melo, the Brazilian midfielder, but the 23-year-old didn't want the move.
It is not thought that Semedo will go the same way as Arthur by rejecting the move, meaning that all parties will be happy with the deal that is done.
Whilst the Old Lady are having to spend big in order to bring Semedo to the team, with the money plus the two players, it could end up working in their favour.
SPORT suggest the €25 million fee will help the Spanish champions to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter, something that will likely help the Old Lady keep their grip on Serie A into next season.
Semedo was also attracting interest from Manchester City, with a swap deal involving Joao Cancelo rumoured, and Inter, and would likely have been used in a bit for Martinez.
The 26-year-old move to Barca in 2017 from Benfica and has started 16 games in the league this season. De Sciglio, who will swap places with him, has only started five times for Maurizio Sarri this season in the league.
Swap deals could become the norm in the near future with the Covid-19 pandemic expected to hit football and the transfer window and see the valuation of players come down but also the ability of teams paying big money.