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Barcelona and Juventus confirm their Arthur-Pjanic swap-deal is complete

Both Barcelona and Juventus confirmed that their high-profile player swap deal involving Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic is complete.
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Barcelona and Juventus have confirmed that their player swap-deal involving Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic is complete.

While both European giants are content with the quality of player each are receiving, that wasn’t the sole motivator behind the deal.

The end of the financial year, June 30, was fast approaching and both clubs needed a boost before the deadline.

Barcelona Juventus Pjanic Arthur
Miralem Pjanic is on the way to Barcelona with Arthur heading the opposite direction. Pic: Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images

Barcelona paid €60 million plus a potential €5 million in bonuses for Pjanic while Juventus parted with a hefty €72 million plus €10 million in variables for Arthur.

However, the deals were kept separate in order to boost both clubs’ profit figures.

While Arthur was tipped for big things in Catalonia when he arrived from Gremio in 2018, his stay in Spain was short-lived.

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Arthur is set for a switch to Juventus. Pic: Getty

The three month hiatus from football due to the health crisis hit Barcelona hard as their first team took not one, but two pay-cuts to help financial matters at the club.

Therefore, the Blaugrana needed €70m to satisfy their budget for this season, a target they reached by selling Arthur.

OFFICIAL | Juventus agree deal with @FCBarcelona to sign @arthurhromelo and for the sale of @Miralem_Pjanic.

— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 29, 2020

Immediately after the sale was confirmed on Monday, the Barcelona board registered the profits before spreading the payments of the deal for Pjanic over the length of the 30-year-old’s four-year contract.

Rumours suggest Arthur was reluctant to leave the Nou Camp but the promise of first team football in Turin persuaded him to make the switch.

Both men will remain at their current clubs until the end of the 2019/20 campaign, which includes a possible Champions League showdown in August if both Barcelona and Juventus qualify for the mini-tournament in Portugal.

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