With it now well established that Arsenal are interested in signing Arthur Melo during the January transfer window, attention has turned to how a deal could be completed.
Reports from Italy and Brazil have insisted the midfielder wants to sign for the Gunners, and that Juventus would agree to let him go, as long as their conditions are met and a replacement can be brought in.
There’s been claims of a possible extended loan, so for 18 months instead of until the end of the season, yet the biggest issue for Juventus seems to be getting a replacement.
SportMediaSet now suggest that could be sorted out by bringing a player back from loan, which would certainly be a cheaper way of doing things for the Serie A side.
The man in question is Nicolo Rovella.
Signing for Juventus from Genoa in January 2012 for around £15m, the 20-year-old was set to stay on loan at Genoa until the end of the current season.
Cutting that loan short would allow the Turin club to ‘protect themselves’, in the face of a possible exit of Arthur to Arsenal.
Given this looks an easier route than some of the other Arthur replacements named, it presents some optimism over Arsenal finally getting a deal done.