Barcelona are now making an extra effort to sign Brazilian midfielder Arthur with Real Madrid now interested in the player, according to reports.
The 21-year-old helped Gremio to the Copa Libertadores title last month and has a reported release clause of €50m at the Brazilian club.
Diario Sport now report the Blaugrana will attempt to advance the signing until January due to increased interested from other clubs, including from the Bernabeu.
The Catalan giants could find themselves in trouble with FIFA after images emerged of the player in a Barca top alongside Andre Cury, the Catalans’ representative in South America, earlier this month.
The Catalan giants are also in hot water over their apparent illegal approach for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.