Report: Edu tells Arteta to go and sign 'exceptional' 25-year-old, Arsenal talks now underway
Arsenal director Edu has reportedly recommended Arthur Melo to Mikel Arteta.
This is according to Brazilian outlet Globo, who claim the Gunners want to sign the Juventus ace.
The report claims Arsenal are hoping to snap up Arthur on loan with an option to buy in the summer.
In addition, the 25-year-old is interested in moving to Arsenal, added the outlet.
Arsenal are currently light in midfield, with three players currently unavailable.
Granit Xhaka is isolating after testing positive for covid, while Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are at the Africa Cup of Nations.
In addition, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined Roma on loan, when he would’ve been a great shout as cover.
Therefore, it makes sense to hear Arsenal reportedly prioritising midfield reinforcements.
Globo claims Arthur is a “suggestion” from Edu to Arteta, having worked with him in the Brazil setup.
From 2016 to 2019, Edu was the Selecao general coordinator.
A technically gifted and versatile midfielder, Arthur is capable of playing as a deep-lying playmaker, central midfielder, box-to-box midfielder, and holding midfielder.
He has struggled for game time this season, getting just 11 appearances and 426 minutes under his belt for Juve.
Nonetheless, he is a quality player who Lionel Messi previously compared to Xavi.
Former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, meanwhile, said “he has all the battling skills and the technical ability to go right to the top.”
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