Arthur to Leave Gremio for Barcelona

FC Barcelona and the Brazilian club Gremio de Porto Alegre have reached an agreement on a purchase option for the player Arthur Henrique Ramos de Oliveira Melo, whereas FC Barcelona may exercise this right on the player’s federative rights during July of 2018. In the event that the Club finally exercises the option signed, the price of the transfer is set at €30m plus €9m in variable amounts.

Talent and playmaking in the midfield

Born on 12 August, 1996 in Goiania in Brazil, Arthur Henrique Ramos de Oliveira Melo, better known as simply Arthur, is a talented midfielder who stands out for his passing ability. The player has shown his quality in his home country with Gremio with whom he has won Brazilian Cup and the Copa Libertadores. He has also represented Brazil at U17 and U20 level and has been called up to the full squad on several occasions although he is yet to make his debut alongside the likes of blaugranes Paulino and Coutinho.

Arthur is a midfielder who is known for his passing ability. Another of his qualities is his ability to lose his man, a factor that makes him a danger close to the opponents’ area. The Brazilian is excellent at protecting the ball and can come up with the final pass in the final third.

The Brazilian started his career in 2008 in the youth teams at Goiás Esporte Clube before moving on to Porto Alegre club Gremio in 2010. Arthur made his way to the first team under coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. Little by little he become a vital figure in the team that won the Copa Libertadores in 2017 in which he was named man of the match in the second leg of the final against Argentine side Lanus.


BREAKING: Neymar has offered himself to this club in order to leave PSG….Madness!

​Neymar speculation has exploded on Friday morning after two separate reports in Spain gave two huge potential updates about his future. One concerns a return to former club Barcelona and the other details the figure that Real Madrid have been quoted to buy him.

Neymar famously became the most expensive player in history last summer when Paris Saint-Germain triggered a €222m buyout clause to release him from his Barça contract.

It was said at the time that, despite the enormous personal financial incentive, it was his ambition to step out of the shadow at Lionel Messi at Camp Nou and prove himself as the best player in the world by winning the long elusive Champions League for PSG.

Instead, PSG have crashed out of the Champions League at the first knockout round, with Neymar back home in Brazil while he recuperates from a broken metatarsal that could yet hamper his fitness for the World Cup later this year.

A report from Mundo Deportivo (MD) on Friday suggested that even before his injury and PSG’s Champions League exit, Neymar has ‘repeatedly’ offered to return to Barcelona.

The 26-year-old has apparently made his desire clear through contact with his former team-mates and with an ‘SOS’ to Camp Nou executives and employees, as well as one un-named director.

MD claims that Neymar feels he has made a mistake in making a decision he thought would help him grow as a player, while he is said to be surprised that the quality in Ligue 1 is quite soinferior to La Liga. He wants a dressing room free of the tension at PSG and was ‘blinded’ by economic power.