An Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported that Arthur will move to Juventus, in return for Pjanic plus €10m. This will of course draw a lot of controversies from football fans around the world considering that Barcelona squad are ageing.
The average age of Barcelona players that played against Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday was 29 years, that doesn’t seems good for a club that want to compete for all available trophies.
From a financial perspective, it would appear that both teams wants to balance the books.
Arthur joined Barcelona from Brazil side Gremio in 2018, he had previously expressed his desire to remain at Camp Nou.
The decision to sell Arthur may seem a strange one, although Barca need to sell players to help balance the books.
Arthur 23, Pjanic 30, is this a good move for barca? On paper it doesn’t looks good, whatever Pjanic can bring to the table will determine alot.
Whatever might make Barcelona to cash on Arthur will remain unheard for now. Described as the new “Xavi” when he signed for Barcelona in 2018, the former Brazil U-17 captain is a visionary player always looking for spaces to pass the ball.
A man who has got a style close to Xavi Hernandez, the former Barcelona captain said after the Blaugrana signed him in 2018, “Arthur can mark an era at Barcelona”.
A lovely midfielder who can fit in either defensive, central or attacking, Arthur is difficult to dispossess when in control of the ball. With the use of the feint called ‘la pelopina’, commonly used by both Xavi and Iniesta, the former Gremio star is a Barcelona esque type despite not graduating from the Catalan’s popular academy the La Masia.
He won’t give you the goals, but he is an orchestrator. Arthur as played a total number of 71 games for barca, scored 4 times and assisting four times. Winning one Laliga and one Spanish Super Cup.
Many Barcelona fans all over the world have given their diverse opinions on the deal, in an interview with OJBSPORT correspondent, a barca fan said “it’s understandable that Barca wants to balance their books so they opted to choose to sell Arthur but I don’t understand why they want to buy Pjanic who is 30years old.”
Another fan said “This board is ruining my passion and love for it. It’s almost like they want fans to not enjoy Barça.”
Pjanic, who is seven years older than Arthur , has been a Barca target in the past. He has made 170 appearances for Juventus since signing from Roma in 2016 and sources said he is excited at the chance to move to the Spanish champions at this stage in his career.