- Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal with Brazil club side Gremio over Arthur Melo signature
- The 21-year-old won Copa do Brasil title in 2016 and the Copa Libertadores in 2017 after just two years with the team
- Both Barca and Manchester United are bidding to sign the midfielder from the South American league
Spanish League giants Barcelona and Premier League giants Manchester United are in the race to sign Brazilian youngster Arthur Melo.
However, report in Spain claim Barcelona are set to beat Manchester United to the signature of Melo.
The Catalan outfit have reportedly sent their representatives to meet the player’s agent to wrap up the agreement between the two parties for the 21-year-old and 2017 Copa Libertadores winner.
And if Gremio accept the offer of the current La Liga leaders, the former Brazil national U20 star will join the Camp Nou side in the summer of 2019.
Meanwhile, losing out on this deal will be disappointing for coach Jose Mourinho, who is looking forward to adding bite to his midfield which has not been very convincing in recent times.
Having being defeated 1-0 by Newcastle United at the St James Park in their last Premier League fixture which ensures they remain second on the table with 16 points behind league leaders, Manchester City.
And the president of Gremio football club Romildo Bolzan has insisted that the deal is not yet uhuru for Barca, but confirmed that progress have been made by both parties.
“Talks are ongoing and some progresses have been made. Arthur will play for us for a few more months but right now there is no agreement [between Gremio and Barcelona] yet,” Bolzan said.
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Arthur has featured for his country’s national U17 and U20 teams at the international levels between 2013 and 2015.
The 21-year-old started his career at Goiás in 2008 before switching to Gremio’s academy in 2010 where he spent six years developing his playing styles.
And in 2016, the youngster was promoted to his team senior team where he won the Copa do Brasil title in 2016, and then clinch the Copa Libertadores a year after (2017).
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