Miralem Pjanic Agrees To Leave Juventus For Barcelona
Miralem Pjanic is on the verge of joining Barcelona this summer, with reports that the midfielder has agreed to leave Juventus to move to Spain.
Barca have been keen to sign the midfielder in the past, and have reportedly failed on three occasions to sign the Bosnian, but now look to have got their man.
According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, the midfielder has agreed to leave Italy for Nou Camp and the move is now dependant on Barcelona midfielder Arthur agreeing to move in the opposite direction.
The Brazilian is wanted by Juventus and each club value their midfielder at 60 million euros so the swap makes a lot of sense but so far Arthur has refused to accept leaving the Spanish champions.
Recently the 23-year-old reiterated his desire to stay, saying, "There are always speculations but honestly my idea is very clear. The only option that interests me is to continue in Barcelona . I am very safe and calm. I feel very good here and I also thank the club and the coaching staff for their trust. This is another reason to be totally clear that my only wish is to continue.
"The supposed interest of big clubs is always a compliment to anyone and a positive sign but my mind is only playing here for many years."
Mundo Deportivo claimed last month that Barca had tried three times in the past to sign the former Lyon midfielder and Arthur was one of the signings they made when failing to sign him on one of those occasions.
Should the former Gremio man not agree to move then both Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal could be used as part of the deal going the other way.
One negative for Quique Setién's side is that it would increase the age of the squad, something the club have been trying to reverse in recent years.
The Catalan giants, who currently lead La Liga from rivals Real Madrid, are also believed to be on the verge of agreeing a move for highly rated Inter forward Lautaro Martinez.
Once again those reports have claimed that the move will involve players going in the opposite direction, which could happen more and more often considering the financial issues that clubs could face after the Coronavirus pandemic.