How the Arthur, Miralem Pjanic swap deal would allow Barcelona & Juventus to both post €60m profits

Miralem Pjanic

The Arthur, Miralem Pjanic swap deal

It’s not yet done, but reports in Italy and Spain seem increasingly confident that Barcelona and Juventus could soon complete a transfer deal which would see Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic swap clubs.

In recent days, reports have claimed that Juventus and Barcelona have agreed to a swap deal.

Spanish paper Marca have today reported that Juventus have offered Arthur a pay-packet of €5.5m per year, which would triple his current salary at Barcelona.


How the swap deal would allow Barcelona & Juventus to post €60m profits

The excellent Swiss Ramble has revealed that, under the proposed terms of the swap deal, Barcelona and Juventus will both be able to post close to €60m profits on their next balance sheets.

According to the mooted outline of the deal, Barcelona will sell Arthur to Juventus for €80m, while Pjanic will join Barca for €70m.

So why isn’t the deal simply structured as Juve paying €10m while the players simply swap teams? It’s due to financial accounting.

Despite arriving in a €30m deal from Gremio, after two seasons at the Camp Nou, Barcelona’s accounts show that Arthur has only cost €20m.

Thus, if Barca sell the Brazilian for €80m to Juve, they can claim a €60m profit.

Similarly, Juve can apply the same accounting trickery to Pjanic.

The Bosnian joined the Bianconeri in a €35m deal, however he’s since extended his contract until 2023. Accordingly, his cost to Juve so far stands at just €13m.

So, if Juve sell Pjanic for €70m, they’re able to say they’ve netted a €57m profit.


See the Swiss Ramble’s thread

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This article was edited by Ben Green.

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