Miralem Pjanic is officially a Barcelona player.
The Bosnia midfielder’s switch £59.4 million switch to the Camp Nou was confirmed on Monday, with Arthur heading the other way in a £75 million deal.
From Barcelona’s perspective, it’s easy to understand why some fans are frustrated by the swap.
Pjanic is 30 years old, seven years older than Arthur, and isn’t a significantly better midfielder than the departing Brazilian.
However, he does give Quique Setien another weapon with his incredible free-kick skills.
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Pjanic is a dead-ball specialist, whose opportunities from free-kicks were reduced upon Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival.
But Pjanic should get his chances, as his right-foot makes him better suited to certain attempts than Messi, and he might score a few as well.
This stunning effort for Juventus against AC Milan in 2017 is just one example of what he can do.
Or how about this 'knuckleball' strike while playing for Bosnia against Greece in 2019.
Pjanic explained how to hit the knuckleball free-kick in a video with Copa90.
Maybe he can give Messi some tips...
Pjanic has a knack for free-kicks and Barcelona may have the two finest set-piece takers on the planet now in their squad.
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