Barcelona formalizes Arthur purchase which could reach $47m
Barcelona is making its first purchase of the summer, and it’s an exciting one (even if we’ve known it was likely for some time).
Arthur Melo is coming to the Camp Nou from Gremio in Brazil, where the 21-year-old has won the Copa Libertadores and is a box-to-box talent who can operate in defensive or attacking functions.
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You can call him just Arthur, if you like.
The cost is approximately $36 million with a potential $11 million in incentives.
Having sent Paulinho on loan to Guangzhou Evergrande and Gerard Deulofeu to Watford while losing Andres Iniesta on a free transfer to Vissel Kobe, there are openings in Barca’s set-up.
Arthur has been on the Brasileirao’s top-rated players for two seasons and represents an interesting piece to Barcelona’s long-term puzzle. We expect we’ll be hearing plenty from him.