After a round of speculation running about the swap deal involving Pjanic and Arthur, the transfer is close and will finalize this week.
In the coronavirus hit football, the economy has seen a downfall. Every club is avoiding cash deals to bring in a new player. Swap Deals are more likely to go through. One of the most anticipated such transfer involves Barcelona and Juventus. The La Liga giants’ Arthur Melo will leave in exchange for Miralem Pjanic from Allianz Arena.
This swap deal ran speculation to a great extent. There were many twists in the tale of the transfer to go through. Arthur did pledge his future to the Blaugrana colors but still, he is on his way to Turin.
Moreover, the Brazilian has more playing years in his career than Pjanic. Arthur is, hence, much more highly-priced possession as per the transfer market.
Miralem Pjanic rejected Barca in a previously attempted transfer. This exchange deal confirms interests from the Catalunya outfit. Irrespective of the 30-year-old’s price tag, Pjanic is a crucial part of Juve’s midfield. As per Mundo Deportivo, Juventus will provide 10 million euros plus Pjanic for Arthur. The market value of Pjanic is roughly 10 million euros.
The Barcelona board will definitely receive criticism. Their decision to swap a young and fresh talent for an aging player is questionable. Pjanic will come into Barcelona squad with a bag of experience. It has a positive side which will benefit Barca to settle their midfield.
Is it a wise transfer move for Barcelona?
Pjanic is a hard-working midfielder who came through the ranks. He kickstarted his career in Ligue 1 club FC Metz. Since his debut, he never saw a downfall. He soon moved to Lyon and showed the world his playmaking skills. Ex-Barca manager Luis Enrique scouted the Bosnian and signed him for AS Roma. Pjanic has enough involvement in Serie A where he landed in 2011.
He amassed more than 350 appearances in the Italian top tier. Miralem Pjanic knows how to control the flow and pace of gameplay. He can rotate the field of play and maintain possession.
The playmaker also excels in regaining the ball for his team. He fought back the possession for 250 times this season. His versatility in attacking and defensive attributes with his vision makes him so special.
Also, Pjanic brings with his natural talent of set pieces. He can set up the ball for the goal or he can net himself. Therefore, this swap deal is not a loss by any means. Rather it will ensure depth in the midfield with such class and experience.