According to reports, Liverpool are in loan talks with Juventus for Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo. The 29-year-old is expected to arrive on Merseyside around lunchtime on Thursday and undergo a medical. The deadline for Liverpool to complete the deal is 11pm on Thursday evening in England. Jurgen Klopp had previously said the Reds didn’t need midfield reinforcements but it has now been confirmed that Liverpool are in talks for the midfielder.
Jurgen Klopp’s injury to Brazil international Arthur Melo
Jurgen Klopp admitted in July that he needed midfield reinforcements for the upcoming fixtures. With Jordan Henderson out for the rest of the season, Liverpool have a severe lack of options in the centre of the park. Arthur Melo is one possible option to plug this gap. The Brazilian international has a good chance of making his debut against Everton.
Though Liverpool are concerned about the future of winger Jordan Henderson, Arthur may be a temporary solution for the club. He has previously played for Juventus and Barcelona, and has 22 caps for Brazil. While he is not a goal scorer, he is a good passer and could fit into Klopp’s midfield trio.
Arthur Melo is due to arrive at Anfield for a medical today. He will sign a season-long loan deal. If he can recover, he could make his Liverpool debut in a match against Everton. Klopp has already expressed concerns about his long injury list, so he has been forced to look within the squad.
Arthur began his career with Gremio in his native Brazil before joining Barcelona in 2018. He made 72 appearances for the Catalan giants, scoring four goals and making eight assists. Later, he joined Juventus in June 2020, signing a five-year contract. He has played 63 times for the Turin club in the last two seasons. Arthur was part of the Brazil squad during the Copa America in 2019, where he assisted Gabriel Jesus’ goal against Peru.
Liverpool’s interest in signing Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo
The transfer window closes at 23:00 BST on Thursday, 1 September. Jurgen Klopp has been keen to bring another midfielder into the club, and has been linked with the Brazilian. The 24-year-old was close to joining Arsenal in January, but instead signed for Barcelona. He was also a transfer target for Everton.
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he is interested in signing Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo on a season-long loan, but there is no certainty that a deal will be finalized before the deadline. Liverpool were previously thought to wait until the summer to sign a player, but Arthur Melo is expected to sign a loan deal, which is much more practical for Klopp.
Liverpool are already short of options in midfield. Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been out since January. Naby Keita has yet to make an appearance for Liverpool this season. However, if Arthur joins Liverpool, he will help shore up the midfield.
Arthur has not played for Juventus this season, but his ability to create chances has made him a top target for the Reds. The Brazilian joined Barcelona in 2018 after making his name in Gremio. He has a 94% passing accuracy and averaged 1.77 shots per 90.
Arthur is a highly-rated midfielder, with Juventus keen to bring him in for the summer. He has experience playing in the UEFA Champions League and for the Brazilian national team. With a season-long loan, Arthur could provide much-needed cover for Liverpool’s midfield this season.
Jurgen Klopp is looking for a midfielder, and Arthur is the ideal candidate. With his excellent ball retention, he could fit in perfectly with Fabinho at Anfield.
Merseyside club agree terms with Juve to sign Brazil international on season-long loan
Arthur Melo is set to arrive on Merseyside today for his medical and contract signing. Liverpool have been linked with a move for the Brazil international. Jurgen Klopp has previously said that he does not need another central midfielder but has changed his mind following the injury to Christian Poulsen. The Reds have also been linked with a number of other players. While they have been linked with Douglas Luiz, Aston Villa have stated that they will not let go of their midfielder.
Arthur, 23, has been on the fringes at Juve this season but has reportedly been in contact with Liverpool in the hope of a long-term move. After signing a five-year deal with Juventus last summer, he has made 63 appearances for the Serie A side. He also played for Brazil in the Copa America this year and assisted Gabriel Jesus’ winner against Peru. While he has struggled with the style of play at Juventus, he is expected to perform well in Liverpool.
While Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with Arthur Melo, Liverpool and Juve remain open to business. Both parties are working on personal terms, but there has been no agreement yet. Nevertheless, both clubs are keen to sign the Brazilian international and hope to complete the deal before the deadline.
The Liverpool recruitment department is aware of the lack of a’middle ground’ in their midfield. They are therefore focused on signing players between 21 and 26 years old.
Fulham complete first signing of transfer deadline day
Fulham have completed their first signing of transfer deadline day, signing former Chelsea and Arsenal playmaker Willian. They are also in talks to sign Daniel James on a loan deal. Another player Fulham have targeted is Carlos Vinicius, who spent last season on loan at Tottenham. Meanwhile, Abdou Diallo has completed his transfer to RB Leipzig.
Layvin Kurzawa has joined Fulham on loan from Paris Saint-Germain. Kurzawa’s deal is believed to be worth around PS9m and comes hours before the deadline. He has played just nine minutes of football for PSG this season, and is hoping to make a big impression at Fulham.
Fulham are in the process of completing the loan deal of Welsh international Daniel James. The player has undergone a medical and is set to complete the deal as soon as possible. The transfer deal is not dependent on the Leeds incomings, as it is a one-year loan deal. James is also aiming to play regular first-team football ahead of the 2022 World Cup. The Welsh international has previously shown interest from three Premier League clubs, including Tottenham. However, he felt he could make a better impact under Fulham’s manager Antonio Conte.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Chelsea’s winger Dan James. Fulham have been chasing a move for the winger since last year’s deadline, but the two sides haven’t been able to agree on a fee. However, the Reds have a much bigger budget and are looking to strengthen their midfield.
Barcelona release Martin Braithwaite
Martin Braithwaite has refused to leave FC Barcelona despite their best efforts. The club had options to sell or loan him in the summer, but he turned down all of them. The player was committed to the club for at least two more years. Now, however, Barcelona are looking to sell him for a minimal fee.
The club has organised a meeting with Braithwaite’s agents to attempt to sort out the situation. While they are still negotiating, they hope their positions will become closer to each other. If the meeting is not successful, Barca plan to release the midfielder unilaterally.
Martin Braithwaite will not play for Barcelona against UNAM on Saturday. The two teams are meeting in the Joan Gamper Trophy, an annual exhibition match at the Camp Nou. As a result, the England international is expected to sign a deal with Spanish club Espanyol. He arrived at the club for 18 million euros from Leganes. He scored some important goals for Barca during his time in Spain. However, his refusal to take a pay cut caused him to be jeered by some Barcelona supporters.
Barcelona have explored several options in order to replace Braithwaite. The club were interested in Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose, Real Betis’ Loren Moron and Getafe’s Angel Rodriguez. However, the club could not afford to lose their best player for a month.
After a long battle with Barca over his future, the midfielder is now free to sign a new contract with another club. He has been linked with several Spanish clubs and has played well in the Spanish league.