As expected, the destinies of Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic intersected. The first joined Juventus Turin from FC Barcelona while the second went the other way. FC Barcelona announced this early Monday evening. Pjanic, 30, was transferred for 60 million euros and 5 million in variable. The Bosnian has initialed a four-year contract with a release clause of 400 million euros.
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Like Arthur, Pjanic will punctuate the exercise in his current team. Trained in Metz, Pjanic started in Ligue 1 in 2007 before joining Olympique Lyonnais in 2008. In 2011, he left France for Italy and joined AS Rome. After five years, 30 goals and 40 assists, he leaves the Italian capital for Juventus. Since arriving in Turin in 2016, the Bosnian international has won three Serie A, two Italian Cups and a Super Cup.
Pjanic is the 3rd most capped Bosnian player in history (92 caps) and the 6th best goalscorer (15 goals) in his selection. He played in the 2014 World Cup and could play his first Euro if Bosnia passes the playoffs.
Earlier Monday, Barça announced the departure of Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo for Juventus in exchange for the sum of 72 million euros, plus 10 million in variables.
This double transfer constitutes two of the main movements of the transfer window, which notably saw Timo Werner go from Leipzig to Chelsea for 53 million and Mauro Icardi stay definitively at PSG for 50 million.
The Barcelonians are in second place in Liga, two lengths from Real Madrid. As for the Old Lady, she is 4 points ahead of Lazio.