Barcelona has confirmed the transfer of midfielder Arthur Melo to Juventus that worths £75.2 million before they announced the £60 million arrivals of Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
Barcelona tweeted the news of the Brazilian leaving on Monday afternoon just a few moments before they revealed that Pjanic had made the move to Barcelona as well.
Barca confirmed that Arthur’s fee will increase to £75m after an initial payment of £66m. Arthur will stay in Spain until the end of the 2019-2020 season before heading to Italy. The Bosnian star will also be in Juventus for the rest of the season. After which he will join Barca on a four-year deal. The contract worth £54.9m and a £4.5m bonus.
The two clubs have come to an agreement for the 23-year-old Brazilian who had repeatedly said he has no thought of leaving camp Nou this summer.
Juve was encouraged by Barca’s openness to selling him after just two years at the club due to the importance of recouping transfer funds and reinvestment during the summer. They also hope he will be able to draw the attention of Maurizio Sarri and build his midfield around him.
Arthur has had 72 appearances for Barca since when he arrived from Gremio, scoring just four goals across his two seasons at the Nou Camp. He was offered £4.5m per year, more salary than what he earns in Barcelona. He flew to Turin on Saturday after he played as a late substitute for Barca against Celta Vigo.
Arthur Confirmed signing for Juventus
He went for the medical exams on Sunday and signed a five-year contract. He then flew back to Spain to resume training on Monday ahead of Barca’s match against Athletico Madrid today.
Meanwhile, Pjanic has chosen Barcelona over Juventus in a deal of £55m which will increase to £60m.
However, he has signed a deal a the Nou camp that will last until the end of the 2023-2024 season. After Barcelona inserted a buyout of a clause of £365m in his contract. Pjanic will play for Juventus until the season ends just like his substitute Arthur who will also do the same.