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.


Dates and Where to Watch UD Las Palmas vs FC Barcelona

Barça is headed south to the Canary Islands this Thursday to take on UD Las Palmas in a rare midweek La Liga matchup. Kickoff at the Estadio Gran Canaria is at 9.00pm CET.

Barça will not only be looking to maintain its lead at the top of the league standings, but also to extend its Club-record unbeaten streak to 33 games and inch closer to the all-time La Liga record of 38.

As always, the match will be televised around the world. The game will also be streamed in English on [email protected] Barça, while social media users can get live updates on Barça’s official Facebook page and Twitter feed, as the action unfolds.

Thursday, 1 March

Canada – Vancouver (12.00 PM) / Toronto (3.00 PM)
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United States – Los Angeles (12.00 PM) / New York (3.00 PM)
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Latin America – Mexico City (2.00 PM) / Bogotá (3.00 PM) / Santiago (5.00 PM) / Buenos Aires (5.00 PM)
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Brazil – Brasília (5.00 PM)
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Africa –  Dakar (8.00 PM) / Yaoundé (9.00 PM) / Cape Town (10.00 PM)
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United Kingdom – London (8.00 PM)
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France – Paris (9.00 PM)
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Turkey – Istanbul (11.00 PM)
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Russia – Moscow (11.00 PM)
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Middle East – Riyadh (11.00 PM)
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Friday, 2 March

India – New Delhi (1.30 AM)
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Indonesia – Jakarta (3.00 AM)
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China – Beijing (4.00 AM)
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Japan – Tokyo (5.00 AM)
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Australia – Sydney (7.00 AM)
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Enrique Castro ‘Quini,’ an FC Barcelona legend, has died.

Enrique Castro ‘Quini’, who was a player at FC Barcelona between 1980 and 1984, died on Tuesday night of a heart attack at age 68. ‘Quini’ (Oviedo, September 23, 1949) was a synonym for goals par excellence. Also known as ‘The Wizard,’ ‘Quinocho’ or ‘Quinigol,’ he was one of the best strikers in Europe in his time, and a real poacher in the area. During his first year at the Club he also survived a kidnapping.

178 games and five titles with Barça

In his first season at Sporting Gijón, he was known as a fast, slippery centre forward with an impeccable finish, both with his feet and his head. Not by chance, he was the Pichichi three times with the Asturian team. Barça, who had been trying to buy him for several years, finally achieved it in 1980.

He was 31 years old, but his effectiveness never waned at anytime during the four seasons that he was in the team. During his first campaign, in March 1981, he suffered a kidnapping that happily ended with his release.

Three months later saw a true test of his character, when, in the Copa final, Barça faced Sporting, the team where he had played for twelve seasons. He demonstrated his great professionalism and decisively contributed to Barça’s win with two goals. He won the Pichichi with the Blaugrana in the 1980/81 and 1981/82 seasons, and was the author of Barça’s 3,000th League goal on January 24, 1982, in a match against Castellón.

In 1984 he returned to Sporting and left behind the memory of an extraordinary scorer and a person with exceptional human qualities.