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The swap involving Miralem Pjanic and Arthur Melo, a financially motivated one, has not gone down well at all with Victor Font, one of the candidates to the Barcelona presidency.
Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo will arrive in Turin later Saturday for a medical before moving to Serie A champions Juventus in exchange for Miralem Pjanic, according to reports in Italy.
It seems that the Arthur-Pjanic swap is very close to becoming a reality. The newspaper 'Marca' says that the Brazilain will sign with his new team on Sunday, so he will travel to Turin once the match in Vigo finishes.
Arthur is about to leave FC Barcelona and become a new player for Juventus. According to 'Sport', the Brazilian will travel this Sunday to Italy and thus complete the transfer.
Minutes before the Juventus v Lecce match, the Juventus sporting director refused to speak on 'Sky Sport' about the swap with Barcelona, although he implied that he has things to explain later.
FC Barcelona made the 23-man squad list public for the match against Celta on Saturday. The injured De Jong and Sergi Roberto and the suspended Busquets are absent. Arthur does travel.
Barcelona and Juventus have been negotiating the Arthur and Pjanic swap for weeks, something which is very close to being confirmed. Although at the start the deal contained one more player: Mattia de Sciglio.
In a press conference, the Juventus coach was asked about the possible swap deal involving Pjanic and Arthur and he had a dig at the Barcelona coach.
Arthur's time at Barcelona could be up. According to 'Sky Sports', Juventus and the Catalan club have apparently agree a fee for the move: 80 million euros.
Juventus's general director Fabio Paratici spoke to 'Sky Sports' and confirmed that there have indeed been talks with FC Barcelona. The Pjanic-Arthur swap is gaining strength.