Juventus was warned by a former official in Barcelona that Arthur Melo is ‘not nice enough,’ though Miralem Pjanic has ‘one fault only.’
Previously, as an agent Josep Maria Minguella helped them pull off deals for Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Diego Maradona, and Lionel Messi alike, and also served as Barca’s transfer advisor.
“He [Arthur] isn’t good enough to establish himself in Barca’s team,” he told Tuttosport.
“[Coach Quique] Setien only played him four times and gave the club permission to sell him.”
“This should make him understand that no-one at the club considers him irreplaceable.”
“If he stays, he’ll be one of many. If he leaves, no tears will be shed.”
Then Minguella was asked about Pjanic, whom the Bianconeri wished to sacrifice for the Brazilian.
“Pjanic’s an excellent player with only one flaw: age. Barcelona already has six players over 30 and they can’t add another because competitions are long and tiring.”
“Therefore, physical factor becomes increasingly important.”