Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted he would like to keep Miralem Pjanic, despite the midfielder being on the verge of a swap deal involving Barcelona’s Arthur.
The two clubs agreed a deal worth £70million in principle last month with Juve expected to pay the LaLiga side around £9million for plus Pjanic for Brazilian Arthur.
Speaking after his side’s 4-0 victory over Lecce, Sarri said he was hopeful Pjanic would stay with the Serie A side despite the developments.
Miralem Pjanic is on the verge of a swap deal with that would involve Barcelona’s Arthur
But Maurizio Sarri admitted he would like to keep the 30-year-old midfielder at Juventus
‘He’ll be with us until the end of August,’ said the Juve boss.
‘I hope he’ll stay with us even beyond that, but these are decisions that will be made at a later stage.
‘Miralem’s a professional, he understands situations quickly. I don’t know anything at the moment, but I’m not worried.’
A deal which would see Juve pay £9million plus Pjanic for Arthur has been agreed in principle
Sarri may be keen to keep Pjanic at the club but the Italian also wants to build his team around 23-year-old Arthur.
Juve have reportedly offered the midfielder a lucrative five-year contract which would see him double his £84,000-a-week wages in a bid to convince him to leave the Nou Camp.
Arthur had been reluctant to depart Spain and was understood to want to stay and fight for his place in the Barca team.
But the Catalans, who have been hit by the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, are keen to do a deal with Juve.
Arthur will double his £84,000-a-week wages at Juve but had been reluctant to leave Barca
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