Barcelona sign Gremio’s Arthur
On Sunday FC Barcelona made it official.
After months of speculation, the Catalans have confirmed they’ve agreed a deal for Brazilian midfielder Arthur.
Barcelona will complete the deal in July after agreeing a £27 million transfer with Brazilian side Gremio. Barca will also pay an extra £8m in add-ons.
The Catalans have confirmed the Arthur deal on their website:
FC Barcelona and the Brazilian club Gremio de Porto Alegre have reached an agreement on a purchase option for the player Arthur Henrique Ramos de Oliveira Melo, whereas FC Barcelona may exercise this right on the player’s federative rights during July of 2018.
In the event that the Club finally exercises the option signed, the price of the transfer is set at €30m plus €9m in variable amounts.
Who is Arthur?
Arthur, a 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder, has long been regarded as one of the finest young talents in South American football.
The gifted Selecao star recently guided Gremio to their first Copa Libertadores title since 1995, earning man of the match honours during the competition’s final second-leg versus Argentine outfit Lanus.
Arthur has already been heavily linked with a number of Europe’s top sides, with all of Inter Milan, Chelsea, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and more having expressed an interest in his services.
Malaga 0 – Barcelona 2
Barcelona took another step towards winning the La Liga title beat basement-dwellers Malaga on Saturday night.
The match was over as a contest before the half hour, and Liverpool’s former twosome both got on the scoresheet. Luis Suarez opener for the Catalans after 15 minutes following Jordi Alba’s assists.
Philippe Coutinho notched his third goal since joining Barca in the 28th minute after good work from Ousmane Dembele.