On Wednesday, we covered claims made by Gianluca Di Marzio that Arthur Melo’s agent was spotted at Arsenal’s training ground as the north London club continue to ‘insist’ on signing the Juventus player in the winter market.
The ‘blitz’ by the midfielder’s representative, Federico Pastorello, is also backed up Calciomercato.
It’s claimed the agent is ‘working to match the needs’ of the Gunners with those with that of the Serie A side’s leaders. If the 25-year-old were to leave this month, then the Turin club must bring in a replacement for him.
Over at Sky Italia, they also report about the agent’s meeting with the Premier League side in the English capital.
Mikel Arteta’s side are interested in taking the Brazilian on a dry loan deal until the end of the season. However, Juve ‘do not seem inclined to accept’ as of now.
Arsenal ‘insist’ on the former Barcelona man and the meeting with Pastorello is ‘only the latest testimony’ of their interest in him. If they decide to change the formula and include an obligation to buy linked to certain set conditions, then Juve could be ‘more convinced’.
If Arthur were to leave, the Italian side must give a new midfielder to Massimiliano Allegri. Should they allow him to go out on a dry loan, he will return to the club next summer and at that point, Juve will have the Brazilian and his replacement purchased in January.
Juventus’ idea is to trim the squad, and letting Arthur join Arsenal [on a dry loan] will leave them with an overcrowded midfield next summer. For this reason, they ‘cannot accept’ to let their current player join Arteta’s side on a short-term deal.
Meanwhile, journalist Luca Marchetti, writing in his column for TuttoMercatoWeb states the Italian club could be open to letting Arthur join Arsenal, if the duration of the loan deal is increased [beyond this season].