Arthur Melo is a target for Arsenal in the winter market and his agent, Federico Pastorello, visiting the north London club’s training ground this week has been seen as proof of their interest in the Juventus player.
The Serie A side ‘cannot accept’ to let the midfielder join the Gunners on a dry loan deal until the end of the season. Two days ago, it was reported the Premier League side ‘can improve’ the offer to sign the 25-year-old.
Journalist Niccolò Ceccarini, writing in his column for TuttoMercatoWeb, says Mikel Arteta’s side are ‘pushing to close the deal’ for the Brazil international.
The two clubs are working on the formula and Juve want ‘at least a right of redemption’ to be included as a part of the loan deal. The Old Lady must first find a replacement before giving the ‘green light’ for Arthur’s transfer to the Emirates.
Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria, who has a contract expiring in June, is the goal for the Turin club, but it’s stated Bayern Munich are also pressing for his signing. Ceccarini says Juve view Genoa’s Nicolò Rovella, who they own, and Lyon’s Bruno Guimarães as other solutions.
Sky Italia focus only on Zakaria, who has confirmed his decision to leave the Bundesliga side. However, the Switzerland international’s chances of joining Juventus in January are slim.
He prefers to finish the season with Gladbach and join another club on a free transfer next summer. Zakaria is attracted towards the Premier League and would want England to be his next preferred destination.
According to Sky, ‘this would block’ Arthur’s possible exit from Massimiliano Allegri’s side, even if Arsenal are interested in the South American and were to make an 18-month loan offer to sign him.
However, the chance of taking Rovella back from loan still remains.