Arthur And Pjanic Has Finally Put Pen To Paper At Their Respective Clubs

After months of speculation as whether the deal between Juventus and Barcelona over the proposed swap deal between Arthur and Pjanic, Sports Central has gathered that the two midfielders have undergone medicals on Sunday before signing the dotted lines.

Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic have respectively signed contracts with Juventus and Barcelona. The two teams are expected to make an official announcement on Monday regarding the midfielders.

The two clubs signed an agreement earlier this week that will see Arthur leave Camp Nou for Turin for around €70 million (£63m/$79m), while Pjanic will go in the opposite direction for €60m (£55m/$67m) fee.

The two players had their medicals at their respective new clubs on Sunday afternoon before putting their putting pen to paper. Arthur signed a five-year contract with Maurizio Sarri's team, that will see him earn a basic salary of €5m per season, which will rise up to €7m (£6m/$8m) with bonuses.

Although the two players will remain in their current clubs for the remainder of the extended 2019-20 season, Barcelona wanted the deals to be closed by the end of June for budgetary reasons.

Given the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Juve will find it difficult to press hard on making any expensive transfer, which made it necessary for them to negotiate a swap deal where one of their high earners go in the opposite direction.

The Catalan giants have been targeting Pjanic for some time, but the deal has been delayed because Arthur was initially unwilling to move to Italy. However, a breakthrough was made on Saturday evening, which allowed the two clubs to press through to complete the double contract.

Arthur has played 72 games for Barcelona since leaving Gremio in the summer of 2018. The Catalan giants see the midfielder as an important part of their first team, but Sports Central announced last month that they would be open to the sale of the 23-year-old should the correct offer arrive.

Pjanic has been a regular player in the Juventus squad and this season has played 36 games in all competitions for the Turin Giants, who are just on the verge of winning nine consecutive Serie A titles. The Bosnian-Herzegovinian international has won three Italian top flight titles and Coppa Italia twice with the Bianconeri since he was signed from Serie A rival Roma in 2016.



They are currently four points ahead of Lazio at the top of the standings and have 10 games remaining to play.