Wednesday saw a number of stories be published about Arthur and a potential move to Arsenal, suggesting moves were being made behind the scenes to get the deal over the line.
Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport bring the latest from non-online sources in Italy on Thursday, with the former of the two claiming the Gunners have taken ‘decisive steps’ to sign the Brazilian over the past 24-48 hours.
The idea here is a six month loan, as Mikel Arteta ‘appreciates Arthur’s qualities and the former Barcelona player would raise his thumb’ at the idea.
However, ‘there is still no agreement between Arsenal and Juventus’ as of Thursday morning, as the Serie A side ‘don’t want to deprive themselves of a player like the Brazilian without having a replacement, especially if the proposal is for a loan’.
A move is ‘therefore possible, but not very simple’, as someone else will need to be found quickly.
Corriere dello Sport go as far as saying that Arsenal have ‘total approval’ from the player, but their offer of a ‘loan with the right of redemption to be rediscussed at the end of the season’ still doesn’t seem to be enough.
That’s where we’re at, with two big national newspapers seemingly on the same page, which tends to mean there’s really something in it.