Barcelona 'turn up heat on Arthur to accept Pjanic swap deal'

Barcelona ‘turn up heat on Arthur to accept swap deal with Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic’

  • Barcelona and Juventus are continuing to haggle over a potential swap deal 
  • Reports in Spain suggest Miralem Pjanic is desperate to join the Catalan giants 
  • However Arthur is believed to be refusing to move in the opposite direction
  • The Brazilian came on in the second half of Barcelona’s win at Real Mallorca 
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Barcelona are cranking up the heat on midfielder Arthur to accept a swap deal with Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic, according to reports in Spain.

The Catalan giants have taken a heavy financial hit amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with their players taking hefty pay cuts to support other staff at the club. 

Barcelona and Juventus are continuing to haggle over the transfer fee, with Pjanic reportedly determined to join Barcelona after supposedly turning down advances from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona are reportedly pushing Arthur to accept a swap deal with Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic

Reports from Spain last week stated Pjanic is desperate to move to the Camp Nou this summer

But so far Arthur has refused to move in the opposite direction, and according to Spanish outlet SPORT, Barcelona cannot keep waiting and are now turning up the pressure on Arthur to accept the move to Turin.

The Brazilian came on as a second-half substitute in the club’s 4-0 win at Real Mallorca on Saturday, with boss Quique Setien preferring to start with Arturo Vidal, who scored the opening goal of the evening.

Setien also revealed before the game that he has held discussions with Arthur over the his future.

But so far Brazilian midfielder Arthur is said to have refused to move in the opposite direction

However, he refused to discuss rumours over the 23-year-old’s long-term future at Camp Nou, instead making clear he remains part of his plans ahead of the remainder of the season. 

‘It is true that we have talked about something, but not too much,’ Setien said on Friday.

‘The current circumstances are different from the usual ones and will affect the market.

‘As for the players, I am clear that all those who are currently in the squad, I count on them and I need everyone because there are going to be many games.

The 23-year-old came on as a second-half substitute in Barcelona’s 4-0 win at Real Mallorca

‘On outside speculation, I choose not to speak.’

So far this season, Arthur has made 24 competitive appearances for the club, scoring four goals and registering four assists.

He turns 25 in August and was purchased from Gremio for £27.8million (€31m) in the summer of 2018.




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