Reports claim Juventus have agreed on a huge fee to sign the Brazilian.
Juventus are one step closer to signing Arthur as Sky Sports claim that they have agreed on a fee worth £72.5m with Barcelona. The Brazilian has been constantly linked with the Serie A giants in recent times, with Barca remaining keen on Miralem Pjanic in exchange. Juve are also willing to offer a lucrative salary of £5m per year, double the wages he currently earns at Barca. Despite Arthur seeing himself as a part of the Blaugrana’s future, Juve are somewhat pestering with eye-catching offers to turn his heads towards Turin.
“There is always speculation but my idea is clear. The only option that interests me is staying at Barcelona.” Arthur said on his Barcelona future. ( h/t Goal.com)
“The supposed interest of big clubs is always flattering and a positive sign, but my mind is on playing for Barcelona for many years.”
Barcelona, who are looking keen on Pjanic – likewise the Bosnian does – had offered players like Arturo Vidal, Junior Firpo only to Juve’s dismay – as they remain steadfast on Arthur.
Arthur’s consistency – a reason to sell him?
Under the erstwhile manager, Arthur made his debut for the Catalans and the start was quite promising, even to an extent where everyone hailed him as the successor to the legendary midfielder Xavi. However, the 23-year-old’s form regressed due to fitness issues, which made him appear in and out of the starting line-up. Under Quique Setien, Arthur is clearly down the pecking order as the former Real Betis gaffer prefers Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal. It could be credited to his lack of form nonetheless the Brazilian is currently onto a new routine to maintain his physical level.
Is selling Arthur a big mistake?
Indeed, Barcelona’s midfield has lost the spark in recent years unlike they had once – the trio of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets. Arthur has all the qualities to bring the Catalans to their glory days given his higher ceiling, but Barca has to preserve him and provide enough time to settle. Besides, Arthur is the only youngest midfielder Barca have at their disposal alongside Carles Alena (currently on loan at Betis) and Riqui Puig, which is not making sense at all to sell him.
While Frenkie de Jong is being seen as the successor to Busquets although he can evolve into an interior, Arthur should be the one taking the third spot in the midfield.
The likes of Rakitic and Vidal may look important for a season or two however seeing at the future, Barca has to bet on players like Arthur.