Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho has learned of a major transfer that is going to take place in the summer.
After all the arrivals and departures in this transfer window, it is said that Ernesto Valverde is quite happy with the squad. However, despite that Roberto Fernandez and Pep Segura have already begun working on their targets for the next summer. According to rumors they are working on a deal to bring Antoine Griezmann to the club, whose release clause is set at €100 Million. But it won’t be that easy for them to get him, as Real Madrid are also interested in the player.
Arthur closer than ever to move to Barcelona next summer, the value of the deal will not exceed the 30 million euros. [MD] pic.twitter.com/cddAlZGIRG
— FC Barcelona (@BarcaUniversal) February 1, 2018
But it is another man who Coutinho knows closely and is reportedly all set to move to the Camp Nou in summer. And that player is Gremio’s midfielder Arthur Melo, a Brazilian born midfielder. There are rumors all around that Barcelona are closing on a deal for the midfielder.
Mundo Deportivo earlier reported that the Catalans are confident of getting the player for just £25m, despite the wonder kid’s buyout clause being at £50 Million. The Spanish publications also reported that Barcelona representative Andre Cury took a flight from Barcelona to Porto Alegre in order to give a final push to the negotiations.
Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool for €160 Million at the beginning of the year and has already quickly settled into the squad. According to Spanish outlet Diario Gol, the 25-year-old has shared this secret with his new friend Lionel Messi and they are both fond of the player.
Xavi on Arthur: "Arthur is a special player with Barca DNA, if he signs for Barcelona, I'm sure he'll be a big success. There are certain players at Barca who doesn't have the right profile, technical ability should always be a priority over physicality" pic.twitter.com/JgXZQlXQ5B
— BarcaBoard (@FCBboardparody) January 23, 2018
Gremio played against Real Madrid in the Club World Cup finals in December in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal as Los Blancos won the tournament. Arthur had withdrawn from the final during to an injury, but despite it, he was named the MVP.
The midfielder has been baptized by Xavi Hernandez himself to be the next Xavi from Brazil. Arthur Melo has come to the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs after helping Gremio win this year’s Copa Libertadores- the South American version of the Champions League. The Brazilian will be a big hit at Camp Nou and his arrival will surely give Ernesto Valverde a huge range of options in midfield.