Official: Barca agree Arthur deal

Barcelona have officially agreed a deal to sign Gremio midfielder Arthur for a fee rising to €39m.

A statement on Barca’s official website confirms Barca have a purchase option in place to bring in Arthur this summer for €30m plus €9m in bonuses.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough 2017, helping Gremio win the Copa Libertadores and reach the Club World Cup Final, where they faced Real Madrid.

He has also represented Brazil at Under-17 and Under-20 level and been called up to the senior squad several times, although without making an appearance.

“Arthur is a midfielder who is known for his passing ability,” explained the Catalans’ official website.

“Another of his qualities is his ability to lose his man, a factor that makes him a danger close to the opponents’ area.

“The Brazilian is excellent at protecting the ball and can come up with the final pass in the final third.”

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