Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic are undergoing medicals today, but it’s reported the Brazilian no longer wants to play for Barcelona after the Juventus deal.
The two midfielders are both having their medicals at the J Medical centre in Turin, with Barca medics overseeing the Pjanic tests.
These clubs are in a rush to get the paperwork completed by June 30, so it can count for the 2019-20 financial year and help balance the books.
Arthur is valued at €70m and Pjanic €60m, so Juve will also hand over €10m in cash to the Blaugrana as part of the package.
These transfers are, however, only valid from the 2020-21 sporting season, so they cannot change teams just yet.
According to Calciomercato.it, that might be irrelevant for Arthur, who is so annoyed at his treatment by Barcelona that he no longer wants to play for them.
Arthur made it very clear he wanted to remain at Camp Nou and was only convinced to leave after being told in no uncertain terms by coach Quique Setien that he wasn’t needed.
This tactic was a double-edged sword, as while it prompted Arthur to accept the transfer to Juventus, he is also now furious with Barcelona and reportedly refusing to play for them again.
It could become a huge problem, because Barcelona can see the Liga title slipping away rapidly and are yet to play Napoli in the Champions League Round of 16 tie in August.
However, it’s not in Juve’s interest to do such a deal, considering they need Pjanic to see out the season as well.
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