Juventus have reportedly struck an agreement with Barcelona for Arthur Melo, who is expected to move to Turin when the transfer window reopens for business
According to the Daily Mail, the perennial Serie A champions have agreed to pay a massive £72.5million fee to bring the Brazilian midfielder to Italy.
Although cash-strapped Barcelona accepted to offload the 23-year-old playmaker to balance their books, the former Gremio man is understood to be keen to remain at Camp Nou and try to prove his worth to Quique Setien.
Arthur has registered 70 appearances for the Catalan giants since his £28m arrival from Gremio in the summer of 2018 but has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter this season.
Barcelona's agreement with Juventus has been agreed on for two months now. The missing piece for the deal to happen is Arthur. He has not accepted to make a switch to the Italian outfit yet. [@FabrizioRomano] pic.twitter.com/ugTSPzslCh— barcacentre (from 🏡) (@barcacentre) June 23, 2020
If he accepts to leave Barca for the Bianconeri, the highly-rated midfielder would see his salary increase to £4.5m per year.
Maurizio Sarri is reportedly eager to build his midfield line around the Brazil international and is willing to get rid of Miralem Pjanic to make way for the talented playmaker.
Pjanic, who is contracted at the Allianz Stadium until 2023, has emerged as a target for Barcelona, but the La Liga giants have yet to find an agreement with Juventus.
Indeed, the Turin-based heavyweights have slapped a £63.4m price tag on the Bosnian’s head, which has been deemed excessive by the Camp Nou outfit.