Barcelona has reportedly agreed a deal for a huge transfer but there is one big twist that will certainly raise some eyebrows in the footballing world.
The Catalan side have been linked with a mover for Gremio’s Arthur for a number of seasons now and a deal could soon happen.
That is because Mundo Deportivo are reporting that an agreement has been reached between the player and Barcelona today.
That agreement is monetary and will also see the player move to the Camp Nou in January 2019.
The player and his family own 20% of his player rights so that is no longer an issue but there are several hurdles still to overcome.
Gremio owns 60% of his rights and Barcelona still need to reach a fee with them, as well as investor Celso Rigo who owns 20%.
The Brazilian club are looking for more than €30million for their share in the player so talks will no doubt go on.
Though, an agreement with the player and his family will no doubt go a long way to getting a deal done.
What is even more interesting is the implications this has on Philippe Coutinho.
CM: Arthur. Without a doubt, the preeminent breakout star in Brazil. He’s a mix of Xavi and Iniesta, and Barcelona have taken note, highlighting him as their priority midfield signing. pic.twitter.com/B9sE1zA5qy
— Breaking The Lines (@BTLvid) February 12, 2018
Coutinho the Portuguese star
To bring Arthur into the club, Barcelona must clear one ‘extra community’ spot which means players outside of the EU.
Paulinho, Coutinho and Yerry Mina already take up these spots, coming from South America.
Obviously, Arthur is Brazilian and there are only three spots allowed for each club.
That means that one needs to be freed up and that could happen by the end of the year with Coutinho set to become a Portuguese citizen.
Should that get done before a deal to bring Arthur is reached, there would be no issues in bringing him into the first team squad straight away.