Juventus and Barcelona swap midfield duo

01 July 2020 00:55:07 GMTPlus10

La Liga heavyweights Barcelona have signed Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic from Juventus, confirming that Arthur will head in the opposite direction as a part of a swap deal.

Pjanic, who joined Juventus from Roma in 2016, will embark on a fresh challenge in Barcelona at the end of the season after the pair agreed a deal worth in the region of £54.9m.

The 30-year-old Bosnian international made 214 appearances for Serie A champions Juventus spanning over a four-year spell and will provide Barca with quality and experience in the centre of the park.

However, Arthur will be going the other way and is switching the Camp Nou for the Allianz Stadium.

The 23-year-old Brazilian joined Barca from Gremio on a six-year-deal in 2018 and has made 43 appearances for Catalan giants, featuring 28 times this season.

It is reported that Arthur was initially against a transfer to Turin but the clubs have found an agreement and his move is worth an initial £66m, with £9.1m available in add-ons.

Both players will remain at their respective clubs until the end of the season including for the rescheduled Champions League in August, meaning the pair could face their future clubs were they to be drawn against one another in Lisbon.

Speaking on social media after securing the big-money move to Barca, Pjanic tweeted: "I’m very happy. I’ll give it my all for this club. See you soon!

Juventus are 1.36 to win their next Serie A match at Genoa, while the home side are 9.00 and the draw is 4.75.

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