The 10 most high-profile swap deals

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With Arthur and Miralem Pjanic set to complete a bizarre swap deal between Barcelona and Juventus - here are 10 of the most high-profile, which includes a Premier League legend traded for a set of weights.

Arthur, 23, joined Barcelona from Brazilain side Gremio in July 2018 in a reported €40-million transfer and quickly earned comparisons to club legend Xavi for his incredible passing range.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the most high-profile swap deals in football history

Initially tipped to become a long-term solution for the Blaugrana's midfield engine, the Brazil international has now seemingly been shipped out of the club as they looked to balance the books for financial fair-play rulings.

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Last week, the two European giants agreed on a deal that will see Arthur leave Camp Nou for around €80m with a five-year contract signed, while 30-year-old Pjanic will move in the opposite direction for a €60m.

It's been reported that the Spanish club will receive the full payment for the Brazilian, while Pjanic's move will be registered in a breakdown of payments over the duration of his contract, which will effectively balance the books.

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While the deal is set to be officially confirmed imminently, there have been several other high profile swap deals over the years. None more so then Zlatan Ibrahimovic exchanged for Samuel Eto’o, £35m and Alexander Hleb on loan.

In what proved to be a masterstroke for Inter, the Cameroon legend went on to lift the treble under Jose Mourinho in his debut season while Ibrahimovic lasted just one campaign before falling out with Pep Guardiola.

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Amongst the other players included on the list are Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Manchester United looked to hi-jack the Chile superstar from moving to cross-town rivals Manchester City on a free transfer.

United offered Mkhitaryan in the January window in a straight swap, while making Sanchez the highest-paid player in Premier League history at the time.

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The 31-year went on the score just three league goals in 32 games for the Red Devils before being shipped out on loan to Inter where he's found the back of the net once in 18 games over the course of the 2019/20 campaign.

Legendary figures Clarence Seedorf, Ashley Cole, Deco, Fernando Torres and Roberto Carlos are the other players also listed which can be viewed in the gallery above.

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