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Bye Juve: Pjanic arrives at Camp Nou

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The Bosnian midfielder will have to pass LaLiga’s mandatory PCR test in order to start training at the club’s training complex.

As the protocol dictates, Pjanic will have to train alone until he passes the second PCR test.

Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho also had to do this before they could join up with their team-mates.

Unfortunately for Pjanic, though, having to adhere to the protocol means that it’s unlikely that he plays against Girona in Barcelona’s pre-season opener.

The Catalan club plan to present Pjanic at the start of next week.


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‘Goodluck juve’ Pjanic delivers last message in Turin

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Miralem Pjanic brought his stay in Serie A to a close after Juventus’ Champions League elimination at the hands of Lyon on Friday, and he has said an emotional farewell to fans of the Bianconeri.

Pjanic has agreed to sign for Barcelona from the 2020/21 season in a move which brings further experience to Los Cules’ midfield ranks, although it can hardly be considered a long-term solution given the playmaker’s age.

“I defied the past to hold onto the present, at least for a while longer,” Pjanic posted on Instagram.

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“Today our paths separate, but I walked every inch to get here knowing I would be part of something great

“This is a place that will remain in my heart and you will stay with me, wherever my new path takes me.

“Good luck, Juventus.”

Over the course of his four seasons in Turin after leaving Roma, Pjanic has won four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia trophies and one Supercoppa Italiana.

The 30-year-old also played in the 2017 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

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Will Pjanic shows master creativity when resumes at Camp nou?

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Aside from judgments about who comes out of the deal better, Barça or Juve, what is clear is that Pjanic is a player with a long list of qualities that will improve Quique Setien’s side. Not in the medium or long-term, because he’s 30 now, but during the next two or three seasons that he has left at the top level.

PRECISION PLAY


One of the biggest qualities he has is his right foot. He can filter passes between the lines, links well over short distances and can also play long in behind defences. That last option is something we don’t see much of at Barcelona, given rivals often sit back and don’t leave space behind them.

DEAD BALLS


There is no better free-kick taker than Messi, but when we’re speaking about delivering into the area — free-kicks out wide, corners — Pjanic has something to say. Throughout his career, he’s always been in charge of taking set plays given the quality with which he has. Pique, Lenglet and Co. could be the big benefactors of the arrival of the Bosnian, who is also a penalty specialist.

PROTECTS BALL


He doesn’t have the low sense of gravity that Xavi Hernandez or other legends had, but even at 1.80m tall, the Juve midfielder is still great at using his body when he has the ball. He protects it well and that avoids losses. In fact, one of the characteristics he possesses is that the ball never burns him; he’s either fouled or able to deliver a pass, often between the lines. He has a technique that few others do, always positions himself well and doesn’t often lack control.

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AUTHORITY


Pjanic does not need to run miles to run a game. That doesn’t mean he does not work hard, but his intelligence allows him to control the ‘time’ of a game without being an all-action midfielder. As his career has matured, he has specialised in governing games with having to be box-to-box.

RELIABLE UNDER PRESSURE


He is used to receiving the ball from the centre-backs to move it forward. He identifies well with having to play under pressure on the ball when more contact is required. He never hides when it comes to getting on the ball and Barça will benefit from that when it comes to moving out from the back.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE


The midfielder has played in a Champions League final but never won Europe’s biggest prize. In 2017, Juve were beaten by Real Madrid in Cardiff. At 30, he still has enough time on his hand and, if it doesn’t happen with Juve this August, he will try again with Barcelona.

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Pjanic delivers emotional goodbye to Juventus

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After four seasons in Turin, Miralem Pjanic bid farewell to Juventus on Monday with an emotional video shared on social media.

In it, he thanked fans, teammates and coaches.

“I arrived four years ago to try to win it all, because even when you can’t, that’s what a Juventus player should always try to do,” Pjanic said.

“They have been four intense years, lived with great professionals, but above all, true friends, with whom I’ve shared victories and records, but also bitter defeats when close to our goal.

“Now we have little time to lose and much to win until the end of the season because what seems sad today will be a splendid memory you carry in your heart for life starting tomorrow.”

The 30-year-old also claimed that he had learned that there is no time limit to fall in love regarding his stay with the club.

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‘Everyone wishes to play for Real Madrid’ – Pjanic


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‘Everyone wishes to play for Real Madrid’ – Pjanic

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Barcelona have completed the signing of Miralem Pjanic from Juventus for a fee of 60 million euros, yet the Bosnian midfielder has previously spoken of his desire to represent Los Cules’ bitter rivals, Real Madrid.

As part of a complex pair of deals between Barcelona and Juventus, Pjanic moves to LaLiga Santander in his 30s, whilst the promising Arthur Melo will now represent the Bianconeri.

“I have followed Real Madrid since the days of Zidane and Ronaldo Nazario, since then they have been my favourite club and always will be, who doesn’t dream of playing for Real Madrid?” Pjanic declared in a 2009 interview with AS.

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These statements were basically repeated in 2013 when the Bosnian playmaker once again spoke highly of Los Merengues.

“As a child it was Zidane who made me decide to become a footballer,” he added in an interview with Oslobodjenje.

“He was the best I’d ever seen and if you asked me who my favourite team is, I’d say Real Madrid.”

Pjanic will now have to put those allegiances to one side as he embarks on a new stage of his career where he will be in direct competition for the LaLiga Santander title against Real Madrid next season.

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Officially: Pjanic joins Barca on a 4 year contract


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Officially: Pjanic joins Barca on a 4 year contract

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Barcelona and Juventus have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Miralem Pjanić. The cost of the operation will be 60 million euros plus 5m in variables.

The player will sign a contract with the club for the next four seasons, until the end of the 2023/24 season, with a buy out clause of 400 million euros.

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

Born on 2 April, 1990 in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Miralem Pjanić is a versatile player who after becoming a key member of the Juventus squad is joining Barça to show his quality in midfield.

He began his career in French football at Metz in 2007. Despite relegation, the midfielder had an excellent season and subsequently made the move to Olympique Lyonnais.

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After playing 115 games and scoring 16 goals he headed for Italy, where he joined AS Roma in 2011. During 5 seasons and 200 games he scored 30 goals and gave 40 assists before signing for Juventus in 2016. In Turin he once again showed his maturing talent and became a vital cog in one of the best club side’s in the world, winning Serie A three times, as well as two Coppa Italia and one Italian Super Cup with la Vecchia Signora.

Pjanić played for the Luxembourg national side at youth level but at senior level he chose to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is the 3rd most capped player in their history (92 games) and the 6th best goalscorer (15) and played at the 2014 World Cup and could figure in the Euro2020 competition next summer if Bosnia and Herzegovina can make it through the playoffs.

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Barca & Juve to complete Authur-Pjanic deal within 48hrs

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It appears that the swap deal between Barcelona and Juventus for Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic is edging ever closer.

According to Sky Sports Italia journalist, Gianluca DiMarzio, via his website gianlucadimarzio.com, there are small details to iron out but the deal is expected to be concluded within the next 48 hours.

Melo, though he hasn’t lived up to the ‘new Xavi’ hype that accompanied his purchase by the Catalans, still has years ahead of him during which to improve, and is precisely the sort of player to fit Barca’s style.

Further, at 23 years of age, it could be said that he’s at least five years away from his peak as a player, whereas Pjanic, who it’s believed will cost Barca €60m plus bonuses, per gianlucadimarzio.com, is already 30 and therefore has limited time left at the top level.

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The strategy of the swap deal between Arthur and Pjanić is comparable with the swap deal executed last summer between Cillessen and Neto. Barça will receive around 70 million euros for Arthur, to balance the books before June 30th, and will then pay a little less for Pjanić, per Mundo Deportivo.

Arthur has taken his farewell at Barcelona for granted and awaits the agreement between Barcelona and Juventus to be fully finalised. The announcement of the swap deal between him and Pjanić could be announced as early as this week.

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‘Pjanic for Ansu Fati’? New demand from Juve


Juventus have demanded that Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati is included in any deal to bring Miralem Pjanic to the Nou Camp this summer, according to reports.

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The Serie A giants are said to be keen to snap up the 17-year-old winger in exchange – and swap deals are increasingly likely to take place in the upcoming transfer window due to the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuttosport believe that Juventus have now targeted Fati as negotiations over recruiting Arthur as part of the same deal continue to stall.

Fati became the youngest ever Champions League goalscorer, and Barcelona’s youngest goalscorer in any competition, earlier in the season and has netted five goals in 24 appearances for the club.

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But shock claims in Italy now suggest that Barcelona are willing to part ways with the prodigy.

The LaLiga giants would reportedly struggle to include Fati in future matchday squads, and are actively searching for a club capable of giving him ample game time.

Barcelona are also believed to have received numerous offers for Fati already. The Spanish top flight champions would prefer a loan move for the next campaign, but may find it difficult to negotiate with their own starlet due to his rumoured unhappiness.

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Fati is thought to have been identified by Blaugrana boss Quique Setien as one of a number of players he is willing to let go – with suggestions from Spain pointing out that the youngster may now be determined to leave.

Barcelona are understood to have made Pjanic and Inter Milan ace Lautaro Martinez their top two targets this summer and are willing to offload players to raise funds for the moves.

It was recently reported that Barcelona were close to exchanging Arthur Melo for Pjanic in a sensational swap deal, with Setien satisfied with the switch of midfield options.

Both clubs value their player at around €60million, and the Serie A giants were happy to let the 30-year-old Bosnian leave.

But the indications now are that Arthur is hesitating over being included in the deal, with Fati an alternative.


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Juventus asks for Ansu Fati in exchange for Pjanic


Barcelona are trying to push Arthur Melo towards Juventus as part of the Miralem Pjanic deal, while the Bianconeri ask after Ansu Fati.

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The exchange would already have been done by now were it not for Arthur’s refusal to leave Camp Nou, claim multiple sources in Italy and Spain.

The Brazilian continues to reject any transfer, which is said to be frustrating the Blaugrana.

While they are attempting to push Arthur towards accepting the exit, according to Tuttosport, Juve are looking at other alternatives.

Fichajes.net come up with the intriguing option of Ansu Fati going to Turin in exchange for Pjanic to Barcelona.

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The 17-year-old can play in Maurizio Sarri’s preferred 4-3-3 formation and is said to be eager for more playing time than he currently gets in Spain.

He scored five goals in 24 competitive games this season, but his contract only runs to June 2022.


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Barca hopes Pjanic deal will work out this summer


Barcelona are working on two new signings – Lautaro Martinez and Miralem Pjanic.

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Both players have been on the Blaugrana’s wish list for a while, but the Juventus midfielder is one man they’ve had their eye on for some time.

This is the fourth time Barcelona have tried to sign Pjanic and both parties hope that it will be the last.

The Catalan club made their first move for him in 2016, when he would’ve reunited with former Roma boss Luis Enrique.

The Bosnian international started 29 of his 30 appearances for Luis Enrique as a 21-year-old at the Stadio Olimpico.

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However, Juventus were more convincing that summer, paying 32 million euros to bring him to Turin.

At the end of the 2016/17 season, Luis Enrique left the Barcelona job, but Pjanic’s name was still linked with a move to the Camp Nou.

In the summer of 2017, Barcelona had money to spend after selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and, despite Pjanic’s willingness to sign, a transfer didn’t happen.

In 2018, after being rejected by Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona tried to strengthen their midfield and once again showed interest in Pjanic, but their pursuit of him remained unsuccessful.

Fourth time lucky
Never before have talks between Barcelona and Pjanic been so intense as they are now.

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Barcelona have decided to sign him and the player himself doesn’t want another opportunity to play at the Camp Nou to pass him by.

Juventus are in discussions with the Barcelona board over players that can be exchanged.

The Italian side wanted Arthur Melo in return for letting Pjanic go, but the Brazilian doesn’t want to leave the Blaugrana.

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If he’d have accepted to move to Turin, Pjanic would already be a Barcelona player.

Nonetheless, the Barcelona board are confident that, one way or another, they’ll eventually agree a deal that will see the midfielder finally move to the Camp Nou


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Juventus proposes Dembele on loan as part of Pjanic’s deal


Barcelona’s hopes of landing Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic have been boosted with the Italian club reportedly keen to bring Ousmane Dembele in the other direction.

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The 23-year-old has been blighted by injury and loss of form since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund for £138million in 2017.

Those lingering injury issues remain a cause for concern and so Juventus, according to the front page of Monday’s Mundo Deportivo, have asked Barcelona about the potential for a season-long loan with an option-to-buy Dembele as part of the Pjanic negotiations.

Barcelona need sales this summer to raise funds for their top players with Pjanic, Lautaro Martinez and Neymar their three preferred signings.

To get these players, Barcelona are acutely aware of the need to shift some of the big earners who are not meriting their spots in the team.

All in all Dembele has 74 appearances and 19 goals in his Barca career and is believed to be earning around £200,000-a-week.

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Juventus’ hopes for a loan move for the Frenchman would appear to suggest they want to see how his body fares under the rigours of Italian football and an option-to-buy would arrive when he has a year left on his deal with Barcelona.

Barcelona boss Quique Setien has reportedly been keen to work with Dembele and maximise his potential.

But with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati and Martin Braithwaite, as well as the pursuit of Inter Milan striker Martinez, Dembele could be used as a crucial bargaining in getting a deal for Pjanic over the line.

Juventus had made Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo the top choice of player they wanted from the Nou Camp for any swap deal.

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But reports in Spain reiterate that he does not want to move to Italy and so Barcelona need to find another player of interest to Juventus to keep the deal alive.

Pjanic, 30, is highly-valued by Juventus and they are unlikely to compromise their €60m (£53.6m) valuation despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bosnian has been a major success at Juve since arriving from Roma in 2016, winning three Serie A titles and two Italian Cups.

Although there will be question marks surrounding Pjanic’s advancing years, Barca instead see his age as a positive in terms of experience that would be invaluable to the likes of young talent including Riqui Puig.


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Authur-Pjanic step close for swap deal but Authur shows no decision yet


The Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo is closer to Juventus. That’s at least what is being reported in the Italian newspaper Tuttosport on Sunday. A report claims the Barcelona coach, Quique Setien, has given the green light to the signing of the Bosnian Miralem Pjanic and the two clubs are close to an exchange agreement.

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According to this information. Barça and Juve have valued both midfielders at 60 million euros, which would see both clubs bring in an ‘important’ amount of money. Both Juve and Barcelona also feel it’s a good deal on a sporting level. The Turin-based side plan to bet on the Uruguayan, Rodrigo Bentancur, 22, and have decided to let Pjanic, 30, leave.

The only problem for Juventus is that Arthur remains reluctant to leave Camp Nou. The same is not true of Pjanic. The Bosnian has given his permission to the deal. The main reason is the chance to play alongside Lionel Messi.


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Pjanic States He’ll only join Barcelona


Barcelona look set to win the battle to land Miralem Pjanic from Juventus in the summer, with the midfielder reportedly stating he will only join the Spanish giants.

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The 30-year-old had been a target for many of Europe’s top clubs including Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

But Reliable Sources confirmed, the Bosnian has already made up his mind where he will be playing next season by claiming ‘I’m only going to Barca’.

Pjanic looks set to depart the Allianz Stadium in the summer as part of a clearout at the Italian champions who hope to aid their financial concerns in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

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In recent days he has been linked with a swap move to the Nou Camp as the Spanish club look to limit their cash outlay with player swap deals.

However, such is their desperation to land Pjanic, a cash only deal will still be considered as a last resort.

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Chelsea had approached Juventus in trying to pursue a deal, with PSG also hoping they could convince the Bosnian his future was in Paris.

The French champions’ sporting director Leonardo was hoping to offer Pjanic a big deal with ‘unmatched incentives’ but their approach has come too late with the player having already decided on his future away from Turin.

He has been a major success at Juve since arriving from Roma in 2016, winning three Serie A titles and two Italian Cups.

~Miralem Pjanic

Although there will be question marks surrounding Pjanic’s advancing years, Barca instead see his age as a positive in terms of experience that would be invaluable to the likes of young talent including Riqui Puig.

Pjanic is looking forward to a Barcelona challenge and the opportunity to playing alongside Lionel Messi having turned down the big money approach from PSG.


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Barcelona opt to sign Pjanic ‘By Hook or crook’ this summer


Barcelona are ready to press on with plans to sign Miralem Pjanic this summer, regardless of whether they can include players surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp as part of the deal, according to reports.

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The Bosnian midfielder looks to be available to depart Juventus this summer with Maurizio Sarri plotting to freshen up his midfield, with Chelsea’s Jorginho and Barcelona’s Arthur two players of interest.

Mundo Deportivo report on Wednesday’s cover that Barcelona want Pjanic for his ‘versatility’ and the Catalan side believe he can become a ‘key piece’ of the side in the middle of the park.The report goes on to add that while the club would have a preference to include players plus cash in a deal, they want Pjanic ‘no matter what’ and could press ahead for a cash-only deal to seal a move.

Pjanic is said to have ‘told Barcelona he wants to join them’ and the 30-year-old knows he is looking at his last major contract should he move.

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He spent five years at Roma between 2011 and 2016 before moving to Turin where he has been a major success, winning three Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia’s.


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Pjanic Says Yes To Barcelona’s Offer

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Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic has, according to Tuttosport, already agreed to complete a move to Barcelona in the next transfer window.

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The newspaper suggests the Bosnia international has agreed to sign a four-year contract with the Blaugrana and looks set on moving to Camp Nou.

But the report shows no certainty towards who will be included in a possible swap deal for the former Roma midfielder, as the rumours are still linking an unwilling Arthur Melo with a possible move to Allianz Stadium.

The Brazilian wants to remain with Barca, but according to the newspaper he could be required to move in the opposite direction to help the Spanish league leaders secure Pjanic’s services.


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What would Pjanic bring to Barcelona?

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It looks like Barcelona may well get the signing of Miralem Pjanic over the line this summer.

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With Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong as starters and Arthur Melo’s insistence that he’s staying at the Camp Nou, the Bosnian would likely arrive in place of Ivan Rakitic or Arturo Vidal.

Pjanic has a profile similar to that of the Croatia midfielder and he has a skillset that suits him perfectly to playing under Quique Setien.

Since joining from Roma, Pjanic has been the brain of Juventus’ midfield, showing a tactical understanding and intelligence that not many midfielders boast.

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The 30-year-old is precise in his distribution and has a wider passing range than most of Barcelona’s current midfielders.

What’s perhaps most impressive about him, though, is his consistency, as it’s rare that he has to miss a game through injury.

On top of that he’s an expert from set pieces, although direct freekicks belong to Lionel Messi at the club.


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Juventus and Barcelona discusses Pjanic-Arthur swap


Juventus and Barcelona propose an exchange of players, with Pjanic going to Barcelona & Arthur to Turin, claims RAC 1.
The coronavirus crisis can lead to a new way of face the transfer market. Large-scale economic investment can be relegated to barter. Players who, for whatever reason, have a difficult fit in their current club can change their air through the exchange.

Miralem Pjanic is in a new position at Juventus. The Bosnian midfielder, once untouchable for the ‘Vecchia signora’, has for days sounded like a possible transfer of the Italian club, with PSG on the horizon. However, there may be other options. According to RAC-1, Juventus is already in talks with Barcelona to try to negotiate a swap. According to information from RAC-1, Arthur, who barely fulfills the second season of his contract at Barcelona, which expires in 2024, would be the player who wants Juve to give out Pjanic.

In Italy, it is noted that his relationship with Maurizio Sarri, technician of Juve, has long been eroded and hence is already admitted as a plausible solution to open the door. Another thing is that Barça, who once became interested in Pjanic, agrees to exchange a 23-year-old player with plenty of offers on his horizon for a 30-year-old footballer.


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