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Encouraging details have emerged about a proposed Arsenal deal to sign Arthur Melo from Juventus, but a move will depend on another signing being carried out first, according to a trusted source.
The Brazilian midfielder, 25, moved to Juventus in 2020 in collaboration with Miralem Pjanic, who moved the other way from Barcelona. But just 18 months later, Arthur’s time in Turin seems to be coming to an end.
Arthur has become a bit-part player under Max Allegri this season. Since returning to full fitness in early October, Arthur has only started three Serie A matches.
As such, Today’s Paper Talk shed light on a rapidly evolving situation with Arsenal.
The Gunners are looking for reinforcements to strengthen their central midfield ranks. Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans is admired, but praising him away from the Royal Power will cost a small fortune.
Instead, a loan deal for Arthur Melo appears to be far more affordable. Furthermore, the midfielder is reportedly open to restarting his career elsewhere.
The initiative would allow both parties to assess each other. But it is a formula that has previously served Arsenal well with Martin Odegaard. And they will hope for similar success with the former Barcelona man if they can secure his signature.
Double-edged update on the Arthur Melo persecution
Now transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has given a fresh update on status.
Romano tweeted Gunners boss Mikel Arteta ‘approves’ Arthur. Whether that means he has given Arsenal the green light to pursue a deal, or whether he simply admires the Brazilian, is unclear.
Nevertheless, further good news was present when Romano declared that Arsenal are ready to cover [Arthur’s] pay.”
Before an agreement can be reached, however, Juventus will first seek to sign a suitable replacement. They are looking to relieve his midfielder Aaron Ramsey this month, while Weston McKennie is also still linked with an exit.
A new addition must therefore be signed to avoid being caught short in the engine room. If achieved, negotiations for an Arthur move to north London could quickly escalate.
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Demands from Vlahovic make Arsenal sweat
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s hopes of securing the Dusan Vlahovic transfer appear to be being tested by strong demand from Fiorentina, who are threatening to see the deal being fought off from them.
Arsenal’s attacking line-up may soon fade, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Eddie Nketiah facing an uncertain future. Alexandre Lacazette may be offered a new, two-year contract, but whether he commits is another matter. As such, reports have claimed that the Gunners want to pick up Fiorentina striker Vlahovic in January.
What’s more, they are reportedly ‘not deterred’ after learning a move will cost £ 150 million in total. The Serbian national team player has scored 16 goals this season. He also finished 2021 as the second highest scorer in Europe’s top five leagues.
In the midst of a host of admirers, it seems that it is Arsenal who are closest to a deal. However, The independent reports that Fiorentina is facing a fee of 62 million. £ (€ 75 million) for their valued asset.
And while the Gunners seek to pay the fee in installments, the newspaper claims La Viola has other ideas. In fact, they reportedly want a large portion of his substantial fee paid in advance. Arsenal, on the other hand, would rather spread the cost beyond the reported five-and-a-half-year deal they want to give the Serb.
In addition, Arsenal also hope to lower their asking price by including Fiorentina striker Lucas Torreira as a makeweight. And while the Serie A team is ready to make the Uruguayan’s stay permanent, they want Torreira’s deal to remain separate.
As a result, football.london wonders if it could very well open the transfer door for Manchester City or Tottenham.
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