Barcelona currently making decision on €39m
signing, have already paid €4m deposit
Wednesday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo has
a big feature on what will happen with Arthur.
Barcelona have long been linked with a move
for the Gremio player, and after he was photographed
wearing a Barcelona shirt, with the club’s
Robert Fernandez standing near, a big problem
Had they wanted, Gremio could have caused
all kinds of problems for Barcelona which
may well have ended up in a FIFA court, but
instead, according to reports, a deal was
Barcelona accepted they’d pay €39m including
variables (fixed fee €30m) for the player,
which is colossal by Brazilian standards and
likely over the top.
To fix everything, €4m of that has already
been paid, report Mundo Deportivo, and to
make the transfer go through Barcelona have
to commit by the end of July.
Despite Barca having paid the €4m already,
it’s claimed by the Catalan newspaper that
the club aren’t completely convinced whether
to go through with the rest of the deal.
There’s debate going on over whether other
targets would be better.
Whilst the Gremio midfielder is appreciated
for his technical skill, Mundo Deportivo point
out Arthur is 1.72m tall and therefore Barcelona
would be considering more physically imposing
It’s stated that whilst nobody at the club
would be happy to lose €4m, it may be better
than committing a further €26m if Arthur
isn’t the right man for Barcelona.