Barcelona in dispute over ‘illegal trade’ involving Juventus star
Barcelona and Juventus have been hit by allegations that the swap deal which saw Miralem Pjanic and Arthur Mello swap clubs last summer was illegal.
Arthur moved to Juventus for € 72million and an additional € 10million in variables while Pjanic moved to Barcelona for € 60million and a maximum of € 5million in potential additions.
It was a deal that raised eyebrows at the time – and should be revisited again in the coming weeks.
Investigative journalist Romain Molina claimed that the double case, which was examined as part of an investigation into capital gains on the transfer market, would be illegal.
Capital gains are the profit from the sale of an asset, referring to the difference between a higher selling price and a lower cost price.
Although it would appear that only 10 million euros have been exchanged between the two parties, this is actually not the case.
A player’s transfer fee is spread over the duration of his contract for accounting purposes, which would mean that Juventus would have effectively pocketed a capital gain of € 41.8m; despite the fact that the actual difference in the duo’s valuations was € 12million.
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This is the last unsavory title for Barcelona, whose financial woes have been well documented in recent months.
The Catalan giants are still in shock to pay the ultimate price for their cash crunch this summer, with Lionel Messi being forced out of Camp Nou due to a registration issue.
Meanwhile, Pjanic has barely featured since arriving in Spain.
The Bosnian midfielder only made 19 La Liga appearances last season and was quickly loaned to Turkish side Besiktas this summer on a one-season loan deal.
He managed to put his rotten spell in Spain behind him in Turkey, however, contributing four assists in just eight league appearances.
This led Besiktas chairman Ahmet Nur Cebi to reveal he would like to make a permanent deal for the 31-year-old; which would be an intriguing turn of events.
Melo has also struggled to make an impact at his new club and has only made four Serie A appearances for Juve this season.