Arsenal identifies Juventus' Arthur Melo as midfielder alternative
Arsenal has turned their attention to former Barcelona player Arthur Melo in a bid to solve their midfield crisis before the end of the January transfer window
Arsenal's manager, Mikel Arteta, continues searching for a midfielder to bolster his already shortened squad before the January winter transfer window closes.
Since admitting Arsenal's short of the midfield option following the departure of Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny for the ongoing 2021 African Cup of Nations, the manager has been linked with different midfield players across Europe.
Arsenal has now turned attention to Juventus' midfielder Arthur Melo who has barely seen a chance in Massimiliano Allegri's starting eleven with 467 minutes of playing time in all competition in the current season.
According to a report from football transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal is 100% interested in the 25-year-old Brazilian player and are ready to pay his salaries.
Arthur Melo would want a move to Arsenal to secure a place in Brazilian squad ahead of the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar
The Gunners are already talking with Juventus over a possible six-month loan transfer with no obligation to buy. Fabrizio added that Juventus are reluctant in accepting a deal from Arsenal until they find a replacement.
"Negotiations between Arsenal and Juventus for Arthur Melo will continue in the coming hours. Arsenal is offering a loan deal plus full salary covered until June – no obligation to buy clause included," Fabrizio Romano tweeted.
Since moving to Juventus from Barcelona last season, the central midfielder has been unable to establish himself, starting only 15 league games in 46 matches.
This season he has only made 12 appearances for Juventus in all competition, making it an overall 1429 minutes of playing time in two years compared to his 2617 in Barcelona.
Arthur Melo would be interested in moving to Arsenal to get more playing time. Also, the midfielder's style of play is a perfect fit for Mikel Arteta's tactics and would be an ideal reason to push for a move to Emirate.
On the other hand, securing a deal for Arthur Melo would be good news to Arsenal fans who are already facing the heat of lack of players after loaning out midfielder Maitland-Niles to the Italian club AS Roma.