MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly set to miss out on the signing of Miralem Pjanic from Juventus.
The Bosnian midfielder, 30, looks likely to join Barcelona in a swap deal for Arthur, 23, this summer.
Tuttosport claim advanced talks are underway between the Serie A champions and the Spanish giants.
Pjanic has given his go ahead for the move despite ongoing interest from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
He has been a huge hit for Juventus since he joined from Roma in a £25.4million move in 2016.
And United had hoped to secure his services as part of a swap deal for wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba.
But the 30-year-old looks set for the Nou Camp next term after landing three consecutive titles at Juve.
In return for Pjanic, Juventus are set to receive 20-cap Brazil international Arthur.
The report states he is considering a move to Italy, but has requested more time to think over his decision.
However, the 23-year-old has allegedly released a statement that confirmed his intentions to stick with Barcelona.
According to journalist Edu Polo, it read: “The only option that interests me is to stay in Barcelona.”
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