Barcelona could find themselves in trouble with FIFA after a photo surfaced of Gremio midfielder Arthur wearing a Blaugrana jersey alongside a club scout.
Arthur was spotted in Barca’s shirt with Andre Cury, the Catalans’ representative in South America, just three days after it emerged that Barca were tracking the starlet, who recently helped Gremio to their first Copa Libertadores in 22 years.
“His agent told us that a representative of Barcelona wanted to meet Arthur’s family,” Nestor Hein, the Brazilian club’s lawyer, told Fox Brasil.
“We had no problems with that, but that photo post of him wearing Barcelona’s shirt was completely unnecessary.
“Barcelona often do these types of things in negotiations, so we’ll go to FIFA and accuse them directly.
“The lad will stay at Gremio, and we’re going to do everything we possibly can so that they can’t sign him.
“We don’t want to negotiate with Barcelona. We’re busy celebrating a Libertadores title, so how can we negotiate with anyone?
“If another club comes in and pays his clause, fine, but that’s not what’s happening. Andre Cury needs to learn how business is conducted.”
It would not be the first time Barca were implicated in a dispute with FIFA and a Brazilian club after the case involving Santos and Neymar.
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