Barcelona want Miralem Pjanić but with the deal still not nearing its conclusion, Juventus have set a deadline for the Catalans.
By this point, it is no secret that Barça want the Bosnian midfielder to join the club in the coming transfer window but the Bianconeri also want one other player in exchange – Arthur Melo.
The negotiations have been going on for months, and now, Sport claim Juventus have set Barcelona a deadline for the transfer of Pjanić – 30 June.
If a deal can’t be reached by then, the same publication insists, the Italians will look to include their player in other swap deals that were not specified in the report. The relationship between the clubs may be excellent but Arthur is very much still the key in the whole situation.
Maurizio Sarri likes him and believes he can become a big part of his squad in the future but the Brazilian himself doesn’t want to leave Camp Nou. Tuttosport (via Sport) also believe Barcelona are open to selling the midfielder and will try to convince him to leave.
If all else fails, however, an alternative could be proposed and the only player who could fit in Arthur’s place from within Barça’s squad is actually Nélson Semedo. Juventus want the deal done before 30 June, one way or the other, since that marks the end of their financial year.
Barcelona are, however, not in a hurry but they still want Pjanić and Sport even go on to say that Quique Setién wants the Bosnian gem to slot into midfield right next to Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong.
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.