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Juventus confirm talks of Arthur & Pjanic swap deal

Arthur Melo of FC Barcelona, Miralem Pjanic of Juventus
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Juventus are indeed willing to exchange Miralem Pjanic for Arthur Melo but transfer talks are currently on hold, says Fabio Paratici.

Despite him having expressed the desire to stay at the club on numerous occasions, speculations regarding Arthur Melo’s future at FC Barcelona have continued to surface.

Juventus are most-actively touted as Arthur‘s potential destination, with strengthening midfield rumored to be the club’s main focus going into the next season.

The Seria A champions have felt the impact of the financial crisis and, as a result, they are willing to let their prized asset Miralem Pjanic go the other way so as to seal the deal for the Barcelona midfielder.

An exchange deal held seemed far fetched especially considering the age gap between the two players involved.

But Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici, speaking prior to Juve’s 2-0 victory against Bologna, confirmed that they are indeed in talks with Barca to seal the swap deal.

“We have spoken frequently with Barcelona, but at this moment all the teams are playing important games. So, we preferred to bypass this period,” Paratici told Sky Sport Italia [via Football Italia].

“It’s not about June 30, before or after, but about finding an agreement between the various parties, and both players have to be convinced. Therefore, it’s not an issue about dates.”