Juventus and Barcelona are edging towards a part-exchange deal for Miralem Pjanic and Arthur that is tipped to be completed on 30 June, which would have been the official end of the 2019/20 season.
Arthur was previously thought to have been reluctant to leave Barça for Juve, which was putting the deal on hold. This week, however, the Brazilian has softened his stance which has allowed it to progress to the point of what will soon be a done deal.
Arthur was initially reluctant to leave Barcelona
It is Italian reporter Gianluca Di Marzio who has shared details of the expected 30 June date.
Juve official Fabio Paratici commented earlier this week that the date was not important, insisting the time-frame would be set by when the agreements with all parties are reached.
But Di Marzio suggests that both players will have signed the deal for it to go through then. That will mean both clubs can register it in accounts for the 2019/20 season.
Di Marzio goes on to explain that the deal agreed between the clubs values Arthur at €75m and Pjanic at €60m. Juventus will therefore pay Barça an additional €15m on top, which will be made up of a €10m up-front payment and another €5m in related add-ons to follow.
Barcelona will get Pjanic and up to €15m cash
It was previously reported that Pjanic had already accepted an offer of personal terms from Camp Nou. Arthur had been offered €5m per season to join Juve, said to be more than twice as much as his current salary in Catalonia, and has been persuaded to move.
Critics have questioned the logic of the deal from Barcelona’s perspective when it means trading a 23-year-old with long-term potential for a 30-year-old only likely to decline and receiving a maximum payout of just €15m for doing so. However, Barcelona’s need for cash to balance the books appear to trump other concerns.