Report: Gremio could bid to re-sign Arsenal target Arthur Melo
Arsenal may have to see off competition from Gremio for Arthur Melo, with Tuttosport reporting that the midfielder’s former club hope to bring the 25-year-old back to Brazil.
Arthur looks set to leave Juventus in this window. Tuttosport reports that Massimiliano Allegri is ready to let him leave Turin.
It had appeared that the time may be right for Arsenal to finally get their hands on the Brazilian. Edu reportedly agreed terms on a loan deal during the January transfer window before the Gunners hierarchy pulled the plug on a move.
But they remain interested, it seems. Reports this week claimed that Arsenal are about to make a bid for the former Barcelona player. Talks are underway with Juve, and a loan with a £25.6 million option may get the green light from the Old Lady.
Tuttosport has now suggested that Arsenal’s stance may be different. In fact, they claim that the Gunners’ interest may only be a mirage.
Instead, it is Gremio who want to land Arthur. Juventus meanwhile, are keen to find him a new home due to his £115,000-a-week wages.
Arsenal face battle with Gremio for Arthur Melo
Arsenal should be able to fund a move to beat Gremio to Arthur’s signature should they want him. Certainly, the Gunners have the capability to meet his wage demands should they wish to.
And if Juve are open to a loan deal, that could prove to be a shrewd move from Mikel Arteta’s side. Arthur has been described as an ‘incredible‘ player. And the Gunners could probably still do with further depth in the middle of the park.
Obviously, he may struggle to turn down Gremio should they make a move in the near future. So perhaps that will leave Arsenal with some food for thought as they weigh up a move.