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Barcelona reach an agreement with Brazilian starlet ahead of January move

Barcelona has already reached an agreement to sign their next star during the 2019 January transfer window.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been linked for quite some time with a move to the La Liga and after impressive performances with Gremio, Barcelona looks like his prime destination. However, while Arthur Melo is very interested in completing a move to the Catalan giants, the likes of PSG, Chelsea, and even Real Madrid are very interested in his services.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, both the clubs have finally managed to come to an agreement for the 21-year-old Brazilian. The report further adds that the club has an agreement with Melo, via his agent and the negotiation with the Guild of Porto Alegre is well on track, as they own 60% of Arthur Melo’s rights. However, this would mean that Barcelona lead the race for the Gremio youngster and thus are on track to sign Arthur Melo before the likes of PSG and even Real Madrid.

The news comes just a month after reports from Spanish news outlet Sport, sources from within the 21-year-old’s entourage have confirmed that an agreement between the two clubs is nearly done. However, while Barcelona will buy the player it also looks like that the Camp Nou side will immediately loan him back to Gremio until the end of the year.

Gremio executive sporting director or director of football Andre Zanotta has already confirmed that both the clubs have been negotiating for quite some time now. “There has been a formal contact and we’re going to continue the conversations, as we have our conditions. I do not want to give more details, it’s a conversation that has just started and it’s still going to drag on.” Zanotta added in an interview with UOL Esporte.

Meanwhile, club president Romildo Bolzan also had to say that “Arthur will stay with us for another year [until December]. All parties agree on that. It’s more or less agreed that Arthur will stay until the end of the year [2018] if the deal is completed.”

Author’s take:

What Xavi calls Barca DNA kind of player, Arthur Melo would blend in brilliantly with Barcelona’s team and while he would need time to adjust, the 21-year-old has the skills to succeed. However, what the Catalan giants first need to do is somehow come to an official agreement Gremio, before they start printing out jerseys for the Brazilian.

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