Fresh report sceptical as Juventus agree huge £72.5m deal for Barca ace

Date published: Tuesday 23rd June 2020 7:00


Juventus have reportedly agreed a deal to sign a Barcelona midfielder for £72.5m, though the latest report has cast doubt over the transfer.

Barcelona have long been expected to be willing to offload a number of key stars this summer.

With eyes fixed on an overhaul of their forward line, a number of key superstars could be on the move.

One such player is Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo.

The 23-year-old signed for the Spanish heavyweights in 2018 from Gremio, but Sky Sports report that this season could be his last.

They claim a £72.5m deal has been agreed with Juventus for his sale. Though admit the player must yet be convinced to make the switch.

However, a conflicting report has emerged in the British press from The Evening Standard.

The outlet acknowledge Sky’s report, but categorically state that ‘there is no deal in place.’

Whether a deal has been agreed or not remains to be seen, though one facet they both agree on regards another midfielder potentially on the move.


Miralem Pjanic is the man in question, with his switch the other way potentially forming part of a swap deal for Arthur.

Sky cite their sources at Sky Italy that reveal ‘Juve value the 30-year-old at £63.4m (€70m).’ However, Barcelona are reported to feel the 30-year-old should be valued far less than just £10m below the valuation of Arthur.

Pjanic had previously been linked with ambitious swap deals with Premier League duo Chelsea and Man Utd.


Belgian wonderkid Prem bound?

Meanwhile, Man City are leading Man Utd and Liverpool in the race to sign a Belgian wonderkid.

Romeo Lavia is considered one of the brightest prospects in Belgian football, having joined Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht back in 2012.


The talented 16-year-old, who can play as a centre-back on holding midfielder, has represented Belgium and captained the side at Under-16 level against France and Portugal.

However, he failed to see any first-team action at Anderlecht and announced on Instagram last week that he was leaving.

“It’s with great emotion that I announce the end of my adventure at Anderlecht,” he wrote.

“I would like to thank all the wonderful people (staff, supporters and team-mates) that I have known daily, whether they be close or far away and who have always believed in me because you made me better.

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