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Papers: Swap deal with Arthur and Pjanić is imminent

Barcelona and Juventus are on the verge of sealing the deal and swapping their midfielders.

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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It seemed rather unlikely at first but the papers are now convinced the swap deal with Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanić is just around the corner and could be completed sooner rather than later.

Both big outlets in Catalonia are focusing on that story and Mundo Deportivo even go on to say that the barter is ‘imminent‘, highlighting that the Brazilian has indeed accepted Juventus’ offer and the deals should be made official in the coming hours.

A small section of their cover were given to Espanyol and their defeat to Real Betis as they struggle to stay afloat in LaLiga and, of course, to Manchester City’s loss at Chelsea which gave Liverpool their inevitable title after 32 years of waiting.

Sport have gone with a rather similar structure as the swap deal with Arthur and Pjanić takes centre stage of the cover and they even call it the ‘Super barter‘.

However, they have also gone in a slightly different approach, saying the Brazilian midfielder is yet to fully accept the Italians’ proposal. The Azulgranas, however, would receive 70 million euros for their player while they would then have to pay around 60 for Pjanić, registering 10 million euros of profit in the process.

But of course, the economical side of things is much more complicated than that and both clubs are seemingly trying to balance their books before the new financial year hits.

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Barcelona presidential candidate takes a jab at Madrid president, calls him VARentino Perez

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Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images

The presidential elections are edging ever closer and the people are already picking their favourites. However, this battle has very much become a two-horse race and even calling it that is putting it quite mildly as well. Joan Laporta is, to many, the frontrunner for the position while Victor Font and Antoni Freixa are lagging far behind.

This is especially true for the latter who seems to stand no chance against two big names in the business. But Freixa is still trying and campaigning as well. One of his latest moves was actually taking a dig at both Real Madrid and his direct rivals.

Following in Laporta’s footsteps of mocking the Madridistas, according to AS‘ report, Freixa addressed Florentino Perez, Real’s president, as ‘VARentino’ in one of his slogans.

‘I will not allow VARentino to control LaLiga,’, read the slogan to be more precise. Of course, some socis will undoubtedly find this funny and appealing. After all, Laporta’s dig was well received in the community because Barcelona fans, and any other fans for that matter, like jabs like these that are aimed at their arch-rivals.

However, Freixa also took a dig at Laporta as well, calling him out for not attending the debate with himself and Font. Either way, we can safely say the tension is slowly but surely on the rise.

March is also rapidly approaching and the candidates are using all the aces they have up their sleeves. We still don’t know who will have the final say but at the same time, there are some indications suggesting there is a clear favourite after all.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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