Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

LaLiga: Barcelona agree option to sign Arthur

LaLiga: Barcelona agree option to sign Arthur

Barcelona says it has reached an agreement with Brazilian club Gremio for the option to buy midfielder Arthur for 30 million euros ($37 million) plus variables that could reach 9 million euros ($11 million).

The Brazilian, 21, has been a long-term target for the Catalans following an impressive Copa Libertadores campaign last term.

The Spanish LaLiga football club said in a statement on Sunday (March 11) that they can activate an option to sign the Brazil Under-20 global in July by paying a basic €30 million (S$48.7 million) plus €9 million in add-ons.

Arthur had plenty of Premier League interest, notably Chelsea and Manchester United, but the player had his heart set on a move to Spain where he would link up with Brazilian compatriot Philippe Coutinho.

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If Barca exercise the option, which they can in July, the transfer will cost €30million plus €9m in add-ons.

He progressed to the first team under former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and was called up to the full Brazil squad in September although is yet to make his debut.

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Arthur is a Brazil Under-20 global and has played 51 times for Gremio since breaking into the senior team in 2016.

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