Arsenal has struck an agreement with Arthur Melo on personal matters ahead of a probable transfer to the Emirates Stadium soon.
It seems like the Gunners has taken a step closer to completing the signing of Arthur Melo, according to reports from 90min on Sunday. In a bid to revive his career, the Juventus midfielder is anxious to leave Vecchia Signora in January and join the Premier League giants. The two clubs were in talks at the start of the window.
All that was left for Arsenal to do is to negotiate the conditions of Juventus’ exit with the club and his agent. The Bianconeri have not yet given their approval for the Brazilian international’s departure. They are hesitant to let the 25-year-old midfielder leave the club before the end of the season. Also, they could never find a suitable replacement for him, which seems to be a problem.
Arthur Melo to Arsenal?
According to the source, Arsenal has offered a short-term loan contract to the Brazilian. They are prepared to cover the whole salary of the player. Juventus, on the other hand, have no intention of authorising a loan deal for the midfielder. They are only interested in sanctioning a permanent transfer for the player in question.
However, considering Arsenal’s acute need for midfield reinforcements, it is more than ridiculous to expect the club to propose a trade including Arthur and Thomas Partey.
Mikel Arteta has suffered from a lack of depth in his midfield unit throughout his time at Arsenal. Ainsley Maitland-Niles departed the club earlier this month to finalise a loan deal to AS Roma. Partey was unable to play because of his commitments in the Africa Cup Of Nations. The result is a very disappointing January for Arsenal. The Londoners recently concluded a goalless draw by Burnley on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta has suffered from a lack of options in the midfield
Arteta was forced to look for reinforcements in midfield with the recent situation. Youngsters John Jules and Miguel Azeez have been recalled from their loan spells. This has been a result of the dearth of choices available to him. Arthur Melo showcases technical ability and tactical adaptability in the centre of the pitch. The Brazilian midfielder has now emerged as one of the most attractive targets for the north London giants. He formerly played for La Liga giants Barcelona and got some experience there. The Brazilian has great positional play, which makes him a tactically suitable choice for Arsenal to consider.
To sign the 25-year-old Juventus midfielder before the transfer window closes on January 31st, Arsenal must act swiftly. The transfer window will close in one week at the end of this month. The Gunners, on the other hand, have no lack of options. A move for Georginio Wijnaldum is also on the cards.
The Londoners may try to push for the deal at the last minute. This is something that Arsenal has done in the recent windows. The fans look displeased already and a section on Social Media wants Edu gone already. The ownership and management now need to step up to make a difference.