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Arsenal in talks with Juventus over Arthur loan

Posted on January 13, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

According to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are pushing hard to complete the signing of Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus for the rest of the season.

Arthur joined Juventus from Barcelona in the summer of 2020 for a fee that was reported to have stood around £70 million, but in fact it was a part of an exchange which saw Miralem Pjanic, also linked with Arsenal in the past, go the other way as the two European heavyweights sought for ways to set their financial books in order.

It seemed a shrewd acquisition by Juventus at the time, but the Brazilian has never managed to establish himself as a regular starter in Turin. This term, he has only managed three Serie A starts so far, and all told, he’s got 12 appearances, no goals and no assists to his name in 2021-22.

The 25-year-old is apparently quite open to the idea of spending the remaining part of the season in North London and helping the Gunners in their pursuit of a top four finish. However, the move obviously still depends on the two clubs finding an agreement, which isn’t going to happen until Juventus secure a suitable replacement in order not to lose any squad depth. Like Arsenal, they’re also fighting for a place in next season’s Champions League, while they still have the knockout stages of UEFA’s elite club competition this term to think about.

Having sent Ainsley Maitland-Niles to AS Roma on loan, Arsenal do seem a bit thin in the midfield section, especially now with Thomas Partey away representing Ghana at the African Cup of Nations. All it takes for Granit Xhaka or Albert Sambi Lokonga to pick up an injury, and the situation will become very serious indeed.

The proposed arrival of Arthur would go a long way in alleviating that particular worry. Quite apart from that, he is a player who likes to get on the ball and organize play from a deeper position, which is something Arteta’s team have been lacking arguably since Dani Ceballos went back to Real Madrid.

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