Barcelona Confirm €72m+ Sale of Arthur Melo to Juventus

Robbie Copeland
Arthur has joined Juventus
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Barcelona have confirmed the sale of Arthur Melo to Juventus for €72m, plus an extra €10m in variables to be paid if certain objectives are met.

A bizarre part-exchange deal has been in the works over the past week, with Barça seemingly keen to trade off Arthur - a 23-year-old Brazilian they paid somewhere in the region of €30m for two years ago - for Miralem Pjanic, a 30-year-old who has endured a difficult season in Turin.

The arrival of Pjanic should be confirmed in the coming days, most likely for a fee in the region of €60m (plus whatever variables are added), allowing Barcelona to account the deal in a way which will balance their books for the 2019/20 season.

Barcelona have confirmed that Arthur will remain at the club for the duration of the current season, and will join up with Juventus in time for the 2020/21 campaign.

The Brazilian signed for the club from Gremio for a fee close to €30m in 2018, and has been a relative fixture in the side ever since, making 72 appearances for the club so far.

He's scored four times for Barca, most recently in a 5-0 victory over Eibar, and will be desperate to get a second La Liga title in the bag before swapping Catalonia for Turin.

They face an uphill battle as they look to retain their title, however, after a draw with Celta Vigo at the weekend left them two points behind Real Madrid with six games remaining.

Juventus are yet to confirm the deal, perhaps waiting on confirmation of Pjanic's move in the opposite direction before doing so.