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Arthur shows true feelings about Cristiano Ronaldo amid £60m man's Premier League 'offer'


Juventus midfielder Arthur played with Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin, and the Brazil international has been linked with a Premier League switch in the January transfer window

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Less than two years have passed since Arthur Melo joined Juventus from Barcelona, but the Brazil midfielder could be allowed to leave Turin in the January transfer window.

The 25-year-old has played just 11 games for the Bianconeri this season, having missed the start of the campaign through injury, and has been linked with a Premier League switch.

Arsenal are reportedly one of the potential destinations, with the Gunners short in midfield after letting Ainsley Maitland-Niles move on loan to Roma and losing Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny to the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Gunners aren’t the only Premier League club looking for midfield reinforcements, though, and Arthur’s previous comments about Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo could keep him on the radar of the Old Trafford club.

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Arthur played with Ronaldo at Juventus last season
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Arthur was reportedly offered to Arsenal before Christmas, and the Brazilian is believed to be one of a number of midfield targets along with Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria.

A loan move has been suggested for the former Gremio man, though Guimaraes and Zakaria could be available in permanent deals.

While Arthur is not among the midfielders being strongly linked with Manchester United in the January window, his past comments about Cristiano Ronaldo point to a good relationship between the pair.

Ronaldo was beginning his third and final Juventus season when Arthur joined in a £60m deal, with former Juve man Miralem Pjanic moving to Barcelona at the same time, and the midfielder spoke highly of the veteran forward.

The former Real Madrid frontman helped Arthur overcome the language barrier upon moving to Serie A, while the midfielder praised the mentality of the multiple Ballon d’Or winner as well as more specific ways in which Ronaldo helped him settle.

“Since I arrived, he has helped me a lot because we speak the same language,” Arthur said in 2020.

“He is always close and helps me, for example, in things that I have not understood. In food too, he even tells me what to eat,

“He cares about others, always tries to help and contribute something. I’ve been very lucky with Cristiano and with everyone in the dressing room, they are very good people.”







Ronaldo left Juventus to rejoin Man Utd over the summer
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Arthur has started just four times for Juventus this season, with manager Massimiliano Allegri preferring other players as the 2019-20 champions attempt to climb the table after a slow start to the season.

Juve’s 4-3 win at Roma on Sunday saw them climb to fifth in the Serie A table, with Arthur playing the final 26 minutes as a replacement for Rodrigo Bentancur.

He isn’t the only Juventus midfielder linked with a January switch to the Premier League, with out-of-favour Welshman Aaron Ramsey mentioned in connection with a number of clubs after not featuring under Allegri since October.

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