Arsenal thought to revisit January interest and dip the summer for the Brazilian
Arsenal remain interested in Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo and ‘could try again this summer’ to sign him, according to a source in Italy.
Mikel Arteta tried to sign the player on loan in January, but the Brazilian said put. The Gunners have reportedly reached advanced talks with Juventus over Arthur, by CMR.
They had previously been linked to the player and were tied to a move for the player after he changed agents.
According to Tuttomercatweb reporter Niccolo Ceccarini, the 25-year-old is expected to ‘leave’ Turin, possibly this summer.
Arthur, who underwent surgery last summer on his right leg, was not included in Juve’s Champions League list of players from the group stage. He has, however, regained his fitness and looked ripe for a loan move in January.
However, he stayed and has been a key part of Max Allegri’s first team in recent months. He has made 27 appearances this season, including six Serie A starts in 2022.
Although he’s in Allegri’s plans, Ceccarini says it’s only a short-term thing. And the source insists Arthur will leave Turin this summer as there will be ‘disposals’.
What else Arteta and Edu are “still interested”. And Arsenal could make another attempt to land the player in the next window.
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Arthur to replace Xhaka?
The Gunners haven’t invested in their squad in the January window. And that move worked out well for Arteta. They are masters of their own destiny when it comes to the first four. They are level on points with Spurs with one game less in the Premier League.
Arteta was able to shake up his squad last summer with a number of arrivals including Martin Odegaard and Albert Sambi Lokonga, but the latter struggled to feature.
In fact, the 22-year-old has only made one Premier League start in 2022, so it’s no surprise that Arteta was looking for a midfield anchor in January.
Mohamed Elneny will leave on a free transfer and the future of Granit Xhaka is far from decided. Roma have been linked with the Swiss star again after failing to land him after Euro 2020.
Newcastle have also been linked with Arthur, but Italian point of sale Calciomercatoalso said that Arsenal make another move for him as soon as the transfer window reopens.
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