June 28, 2020 / 8:02 PM / 16 days ago

Barca midfielder Arthur agrees to Juventus switch - reports

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - June 23, 2020 Barcelona's Arthur in action with Athletic Bilbao's Mikel Vesga and Unai Lopez, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Albert Gea

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Juventus are set to sign Brazil international Arthur Melo from Barcelona after the midfielder agreed a five-year contract with the Italian champions and passed a medical, according to Spanish media reports on Sunday.

The move is part of a twin negotiation between the clubs which involves Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic moving to Barca, said reports in sports dailies Mundo Deportivo and Marca.

Mundo Deportivo said Juve will pay Barca 70 million euros (63.67 million pounds) for Arthur, 23, and will receive 60 million for 30-year-old Pjanic. Both players will complete the current season with their present clubs.

Arthur was photographed arriving in Turin for his medical on Sunday, with Barca saying he had the club’s permission to miss training.

Barca and Juve did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ken Ferris

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