Barcelona have again found themselves in the wrong type of news, this time for exchanging Arthur Melo for Miralem Pjanic. After Pjanic made the football transfer to Catalonia last year, Barcelona are under Italian investigation for the Pjanic-Arthur swap now.
Barca have had a difficult time both on and off the field in recent months. This is owing to their crippling financial difficulties and Lionel Messi’s departure.
And the last thing they needed was to end up in the middle of an Italian investigation, but that’s happening.
Barcelona Are Under Italian Investigation for the Pjanic-Arthur Swap
According to Gazzetta dello Sport and Sport, the Italian Football Federation’s Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a much-maligned exchange transaction.
Barcelona and Juventus made a swap deal, which ended up as disastrous, between Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic in 2020.
Barca sold Arthur to Juventus for €72 million, plus €10 million in variables in a deal that took place in 2020.
Meanwhile, in exchange, Pjanic signed a €60 million deal with Barca, with a maximum of €5 million in variables.
The agreement was scandalous at the time, and it is still regarded as such now.
That may be because neither of those players was worth that much money. And we always thought of it as a ruse on both sides’ parts.
But the actual proof came when Pjanic barely played for Barca, making only 19 league appearances last season. Then, for the new season, Barcelona sent him to Turkey this summer (football transfer news).
Now, Italian authorities are investigating the swap. This is part of a larger investigation into 62 transactions that they suspect included unlawful gains.
Barcelona will have to sit tight for the time being, but this news has given them a lot of stress.