Barcelona have announced that an agreement has been reached for their midfielder Arthur Melo to join Juventus at the end of the season.
The 23-year-old will move to Turin for a fee of €72m (£66m) along with an extra €10m (£9.16m) in variables, while Juve’s Miralem Pjanic is expected to go the other way in the near future.
Both sides were in a rush to get the deal done before the end of the month for accounting reasons, and it appears they are both now satisfied with the outcome of negotiations.
A statement released by Barcelona read: “FC Barcelona and Juventus FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Arthur Melo. The Italian club will pay 72 million euros, plus 10 million euros in variables.
“The player will remain at FC Barcelona until the end of official competition in the 2019/20 season.”
Arthur first signed for Barcelona from Brazilian side Gremio in 2018, and he has been an important part of the first-team over the last two seasons, making a total of 72 appearances in all competitions.
Barcelona clearly did not see him as a part of their long-term future, however, and are expected to announce the capture of Pjanic in the coming days.
Pjanic has been on their radar for a number of months following his impressive performances in Serie A, and the 30-year-old will sign a five year deal with the club.
Arthur could still be involved in Barcelona’s huge La Liga game against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night, with Quique Setien’s side sitting two points behind bitter rivals Real Madrid in second place with just six games left to play.
Some have questioned the logic of Barcelona’s decision to sell Arthur, especially as he appears to have his best years ahead of him, with the player just 23-years-old, but they will be hoping it is a gamble that pays off next season.