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Edu agrees loan deal for Juventus midfielder Arthur but Arsenal hierarchy veto the move


The Brazilian is now highly unlikely to move to north London this month (Pictures: Getty)

Barring a dramatic late twist, Arsenal will not be signing Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo this month despite technical director Edu striking an agreement, according to reports.

The Gunners have been searching for a new midfielder to bolster their squad after Mikel Arteta conceded that the departure of Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan to Roma had left his squad ‘very short’ in the middle of the pitch.

Permanent deals for Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz and Lyon star Bruno Guimaraes – who is now set to join Newcastle – were both explored but deemed too costly in the January window.

Arthur is believed to be keen on a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

That saw the north London club turn to Arthur as a short-term solution, with the former Barcelona midfielder only having played a bit-part role this season at Juve under Massimiliano Allegri.

However, despite the 25-year-old starting just four Serie A matches, the Italian giants rejected Arsenal’s initial proposal of a six-month loan and instead demanded an 18-month stay, giving them the opportunity to bring in a new player to replace him.

Now The Athletic report that Arsenal chief Edu gave into his Juve counterpart Federico Cherubini’s demands and was happy to sanction an 18-month loan deal.

It was felt that such a long stay would give Arteta longer to work with the player and assess whether they wanted to make the move permanent, as well as lowering the eventual fee.

If Arsenal decided to keep Arthur, Edu agreed an optional fee of around €40million (£33m) to be paid in the summer of 2023 – significantly less than his current valuation by Juve as well as the fee they themselves spent to prise him away from Camp Nou.

Arsenal look increasingly unlikely to sign a midfielder or striker (Picture: Getty)

However, when Edu presented the arrangement to Arsenal’s hierarchy there was still a huge degree of reluctance to loan a player for such an extended period of time and the club’s board decided not to proceed with the proposal.

As such, Arthur now looks virtually certain to remain at Juventus this month and Arsenal are increasingly resigned to bringing in neither a striker or a midfielder before Monday’s deadline despite Arteta’s pleas.

The Spaniard even flew to the USA to try and convince owner Stan Kroenke to splash the cash, but Arsenal were gazumped by Juve in the race to sign Dusan Vlahovic and may only make one new addition – backup goalkeeper Matt Turner from New England Revolution – before the window closes.


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