It’s now established that Mundo Deportivo don’t think Arthur to Barcelona is quite as nailed on as Sport believe, despite the club already paying their €4m deposit.

The former continue to push Fabian forward as an alternative, rather than as a player who would be targeted in addition to the Betis midfielder.

They continue this theme on Friday.

Barcelona are prepared for a ‘war’ with Real Madrid over signing the player, with Mundo Deportivo saying it’ll be like Dani Ceballos’ exit from Betis.

Given Barca lost that particular battle, they’ll probably want to plan a little better for this one, and should be able to use Ceballos’ Real Madrid experience as a weapon.

Barcelona are presented as being ‘very much’ interested in the 22 year old, and it’s claimed that a weight of opinion is building at the club which backs Fabian over Arthur.

But it’s not just Real Madrid who the Catalan club may have to go into war against, with it being claimed AS Roma and Juventus are leading interest from Italy.

Fabian has a buyout clause of €30m.