Barcelona are soon expected to finalise the swap deal that will see Arthur Melo moving to Juventus and Miralem Pjanic making the reverse trip to the Camp Nou.
This move practically serves to balance the books by helping the Blaugrana accumulate 124 million euros from player sales.
When former Barcelona president Jose Luis Nunez wouldn’t give the green light to Johan Cruyff to sign players, the Dutchman famously insisted that “the money should be on the field not in the bank.”
At the moment, however, it seems that the bank has taken over.
Pjanic and Arthur are currently not worth 60m euros and 70m euros, respectively, but by setting them these price tags they help both teams balance their books.
The Bosnian midfielder will cost Barcelona approximately 30 million euros which will be amortised over the length of his contract.