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Barcelona Turn Down Midfielder For Being 'Unprofessional And Injury Prone'

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Barcelona Turn Down Midfielder For Being 'Unprofessional And Injury Prone'

Barcelona have turned down the chance of another swap deal involving Miralem Pjanic, considering the incoming player to be too unprofessional.

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Pjanic moved to Barcelona last summer in a deal that involved Brazilian midfielder Arthur move to Juventus, a transfer that baffled most.

It hasn't really worked out for either player at their new clubs, with Pjanic one of the many names La Liga shambles Barca are looking to offload.

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The Bosnian has been heavily linked with a return to Turin, with Juve only using Arthur on 22 occasions in Serie A last term, and returning manager Max Allegri looking to improve on the club's fourth place finish in the league.

In a weird twist, Pjanic could have been once again swapping places with Arthur. According to SPORT, the 24-year-old offered himself up as part of the deal, in an attempt to return to the Catalan giants.

However the club rejected that proposal because they believe the player is 'unprofessional, injury prone, and not decisive enough on the ball,' scathing!

Arthur won't be returning to Barcelona any time soon. Image: PA Images
Arthur won't be returning to Barcelona any time soon. Image: PA Images
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Ronaldo Koeman had been looking for a new midfielder for his team earlier in the transfer window with Georginio Wijnaldum his number one target.

The former Liverpool player had looked destined for Catalonia for about a year but instead moved to PSG when his contract expired at Anfield, kicking off a ridiculous summer for the Ligue 1 side.

However clearly Arthur's time at the club has meant that they have no interest in re-signing him from the Old Lady, just a year after most football fans were baffled they'd be willing to let him go for a player seven years older than him.

Pjanic is still expected to move this summer. Image: PA Images
Pjanic is still expected to move this summer. Image: PA Images
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The two clubs had the chance to negotiate the move to take Pjanic back to the Allianz Stadium over the weekend, as they faced each other in the Joan Gamper Trophy pre season friendly game.

The game was largely overshadowed by Lionel Messi's farewell press conference on Sunday afternoon, just hours before they faced each other.

Despite the six time Ballon d'Or players absence from the game, as he looks set to move to PSG, Koeman's side still ran out 3-0 winners.

That was largely down to the contribution of Memphis Depay, with the former Lyon forward looking to fill the void left by one of the greatest players of all time.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football, Barcelona, Serie A, Transfer gossip, Juventus, La Liga

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