Another Barça-Juve swap deal? This time with Barça paying more...

It would be the third time this year the Italians and Catalans have done a deal

Rakitic: Nos ha costado entrar en el partido | Movistar Fútbol

The coronavirus pandemic has had consequences on the sporting world and football's transfer market has been massively changed by the health crisis. 

In the case of FC Barcelona, they will be unable to sell players like Philippe Coutinho of Ousmane Dembele for big fees as they may have hoped. 

European teams will, in theory, be tightening their belts and looking for new formulas to sign players -- like the exchange we saw between Barcelona and Juventus for Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic. 

Barça pocketed 12 million euros on that transfer, following a January swap deal between the same clubs for Alejandro Marques and Matheus Fernandes. 

According to Calciomercato, Barça and Juve are now talking about another swap deal that would involve Ivan Rakitic and Rodrigo Bentancur.

Rakitic has a deal until 2021 but Barça want to sell him this year. Uruguay international Bentancur would be the player to come in the other direction.

Rodrigo Bentancur lleva ya un par de años en la agenda del Barça | AFP

Bentancur could be seen as a long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets. The only 'but' comes in his lack of addition in attack. In fact. he's only scored four goals as a professional -- one with Boca Juniors and three with Juve. 

He came through at Boca, making his debut in 2015 when he was just 17, coming on for the former Malaga man Pablo Perez in a game against Nueva Chicago.

Barça would be swapping a 32-year-old for a 23-year-old. However, for that reason, and in contrast to the Arthur-Pjanic deal, they would have to pay for this swap deal... around 30 million. 


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