Miralem Pjanic joins Barcelona

Ross Houston
June 30, 2020

- FC Barcelona and Juventus on Monday finalized a direct swap that will send Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo to the Italian club and Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic to the LaLiga giants.

Juventus and Barcelona agreed a deal earlier this week that will see Pjanic leave Turin for Camp Nou for a €60m (£55m) fee, while Arthur will move in the opposite direction for €70m (£63m) fee. The Bosnian star will stay with Juve until the end of the season before joining Barca on a four-year contract with a buyout clause of 400 million euros (450 million US dollars).

According to an official statement released on Monday, Barcelona paid 60 million euros (67.4 million USA dollars) for Pjanic, with the possibility of another 5 million euros (5.6 million US dollars) in bonuses.

"The player will remain with Juventus until the 2019/20 season is over".

Arthur joined Barca from Brazilian side Gremio in July 2018 and was initially hailed as the heir to former club great Xavi Hernandez, with Lionel Messi saying he was surprised by the player's similarities to the side's former puppet master.

As for 30-year-old Bosnia worldwide Pjanic, he joined Juve in 2016 when they paid the €32m release clause in his Roma contract.

Before joining Juve, Pjanic spent five seasons at AS Roma, where he made 200 appearances, scoring 30 goals and assisting 40 times.

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