Barcelona have reached an agreement to sell Brazilian Midfielder Arthur Melo to Juventus for 72 Million Euros and has signed Juventus Midfielder Miralem Pjanic for 60 Million Euros. The La Liga club declared it on Monday.
Earlier Barcelona released an official statement on their website, “FC Barcelona and Juventus FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Arthur Melo. The Italian club will pay 72 million euros, plus 10 million euros in variables.”
But the latest statement states, “FC Barcelona and Juventus have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Miralem Pjanic. The cost of the operation will be 60million 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 400million euros.”
Arthur who is just 23 right now played 48 matches for Barcelona scoring 3 goals in them. The 23-year-old midfielder will join the Italian side by the end of the season which has been extended till August due to coronavirus outbreak.
Bosnian international Pjanic has played for few big clubs earlier, AS Roma plus French sides Olympique Lyonnais and Metz. From the past 4 years, he has been playing for Juventus.
FC Barcelona has the highest revenue in world football, but like any other industry or club, its revenue has been hit hard by COVID’19. The pandemic has affected their ticket sales, along with that of television rights and merchandising. Due to this, the club has cut the salaries of the players and the staff.
This transfer will help Barcelona to meet their target revenue to be generated from transfers. The club’s member forecasted an income of 124 Million Euros from transfers.
But Barcelona’s future presidential candidate Victor Font has a different point of view on this transfer. “The deal once again proves the board’s absolute priority is to balance the books by letting key players go. The financial situation has been bad for many years, long before the pandemic,” he wrote on Twitter.