And now it’s official: Arthur Melo signs with Juventus after the Bianconeri managed to get the deal with both the player and Barcelona over the line. It’s not exactly out of the blue since we kept hearing about a potential swap deal including Miralem Pjanić, but this does come as a surprise to many Culés out there.
Both clubs have now confirmed on their official websites and the Brazilian will indeed be traveling to Turin shortly and will be presented in the white and black, slotting into the squad alongside superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.
Earlier reports also indicate that the Brazilian will earn a salary of €5m per year and that this operation will cost Juventus €72m + €10 min in variables while Pjanić will go the other way shortly for €70m. He signed on a five-year contract and his basic salary will include some bonuses and will potentially rise to €7m over time.
There were high hopes for the midfielder in Catalonia and this transfer didn’t seem likely when the rumours first started appearing but despite the player’s initial resistance, the board have managed to shift their man and accumulate some profit along the way.
And as Arthur signs with Juventus, Barcelona will undoubtedly be on a lookout for further reinforcements in the market and it will be interesting to see who ends up coming to the Camp Nou in the near future.
The chase for a superstar signing continues and we know that both Lautaro Martínez and Neymar Júnior are on their agenda. However, with money scarce and the targets extremely expensive, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more sacrifices being made following the Brazilian’s departure.
One way or the other, Barcelona will make sure to get their ‘Cracks‘ but at what cost? Who will be the next collateral damage in Bartomeu’s ever-lasting chase of superstar signings? Only time will tell.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.