'I’m being told from someone over in Italy': Journalist shares update about 'exceptional' Arsenal-linked star
Charles Watts has claimed that this week could prove decisive regarding Arsenal’s hopes of signing Arthur Melo.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with the Juventus midfielder in recent weeks as they look to bolster their ranks.
Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny have been at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Meanwhile, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on loan at Roma and Granit Xhaka is currently suspended.
Arsenal look to have made good progress in terms of convincing Arthur to link up with the Gunners.
However, Juve will reportedly not sanction a departure unless they can find a suitable replacement for the Brazilian.
This is despite Arthur getting just six starts in all competitions this season.
Watts, speaking on his YouTube channel, has claimed that Juve are eyeing Denis Zakaria and Bruno Guimaraes.
If they can secure one of those players, then Arthur to Arsenal could go ahead, he suggested.
“Now, this week, as far as I’m being told from someone over in Italy, that this is a big week in terms of Juve potentially bringing in a replacement,” said Watts.
“They’re looking at Zakaria and Bruno Guimaraes over Lyon as well.
“If they can get something done for either of those two players, then that will free up Arthur to complete his move to Arsenal until the end of the season.
“And that’s where we are in that situation.”
“There is an Arteta-style player there perhaps”
Speaking to Sky Sports, South American football expert Tim Vickery spoke of how Arthur was “the great hope” while developing at Gremio.
Although things haven’t worked out for him so far, Vickery would love to see Arthur’s career back on track.
“We looked at him and instantly thought Barcelona, he’s made to measure for Barcelona,” Vickery told Sky Sports.
“He went there, started off pretty well but it hasn’t gone well since.
“Now he’s spending most of his time on the bench at Juventus.
“But there is a player there and there is an Arteta-style player there perhaps.
“And with his capacity to retain possession, to receive and play the ball on the half-turn, it’d be lovely if his career could be set on the right track because he is a talent.”