Barcelona are reportedly planning on adding another player to their ranks in the upcoming transfer window.
Barcelona are reportedly close to signing midfield maestro Miralem Pjanic from Juventus this summer. The Bosnian is reportedly keen on the move and there have been talks between the clubs over a possible swap deal involving Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo.
Arthur however was initially opposed to the move making the deal a complicated one. The Brazilian was reportedly unwilling to leave the Spanish Giants for Turin as he wanted to stay and prove his mettle at the Camp Nou.
Things however have changed vastly in the last few days. Arthur at the moment is willing to consider a move to Turin. The Brazilian is unhappy with the lack of playing time at the Camp Nou and is open to the prospect of doubling his salary.
Gianluca di Marzio reported earlier that Arthur is reportedly considering being part of the swap-deal. Italian top source La Repubblica now claims that the negotiations between the clubs has entered its final phase. The clubs reportedly want the move to be finalised before June 30.
Arthur has made only 26 appearances for the the Blaugrana this season, missing 12 games due to injury. The Brazilian however hasn’t been a regular in the starting XI for the Catalan club with only 10 starts. He has 4 goals and 4 assists to his name as far as this season is concerned.
Barcelona see Pjanic as a vital part of their plans next season. The Bosnian joined Juventus from Roma in the summer of 2016 and has notched 22 goals in 170 appearances ever since. He has contributed with 3 goals and 4 assists across 34 matches this season.
Another addition to Bartomeu’s list of hysterical signings?
Pjanic is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in the world at the moment. Needless to say, he too favours the move to the Catatan Giants this summer. The 30-year-old reportedly rejected lucrative offers from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain to reach an agreement.
The Bosnian however has only two or three best years left in him at max. Barcelona already has two midfielders aged 30 plus and certainly don’t to add another 30-year-old midfielder to their ranks. Arthur on the other hand is only 23 and full of talent.
Arthur may not be among the most consistent performers for Barca but still has a good number of years left in him. Josep Maria Bartomeu has not had the greatest record when it comes to signings of late. Arthur too could end up being a pawn to fulfill Bartomeu’s bucket list of hysterical signings.