Juventus and Barcelona swap Arthur and Pjanic

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Miralem Pjanic joined Barcelona and Arthur went to Juventus in a direct swap on Monday.

Juventus said it paid a EUR72 million transfer fee for Arthur that could rise to EUR82 million with bonuses. He signed a five-year contract with the eight-time defending Serie A champion.

Barcelona said it paid EUR60 million for Pjanic, with the possibility of another EUR5 million in bonuses. He signed a four-year contract with a buyout clause of EUR400 million.

Both midfielders will remain with their old clubs until the end of the current season.

Juventus said it earned EUR41.8 million in the deal through “net of solidarity contribution and auxiliary expenses”.

Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo (R) will join Juventus at the end of the current season, with Miralem Pjanic moving in the opposite direction. PHOTOS: AFP