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Barcelona confirm option to buy Brazilian midfielder Arthur

Barcelona confirm option to buy Brazilian midfielder Arthur

Arthur will become a Barça player in July as long as the Catalan club pays the 30 million euro transfer fee to Grêmio plus an additional 9 in add-on fees.

Barcelona have completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Arthur, the La Liga giants have announced through their official website and social media accounts.

Barcelona and Gremio have officially announced an agreement on a purchase option for the Copa Libertadores victor Arthur Melo for up to €39m.

Barcelona have tracked the midfielder since he shone in Gremio's Copa Libertadores triumph previous year.

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The club's technical director Robert Fernandez travelled to Brazil a few weeks ago to finalize the transfer of the 21-year-old who is expected to arrive in Cataluña at the season.

However, while the financial side of the deal has been wrapped up, there is no guarantee that Barcelona will bring the rising star in immediately due to league limitations on non-EU players.

Barcelona will want to accomodate big-money signings Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho while keeping Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez happy.

Arthur started his career in 2008 for the youth team at Goias Esporte Clube before moving on to Brazilian top-flight side Gremio in 2010.


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