Gremio and Brazil starlet Arthur will reportedly become a Barcelona player after all – but not until January.
It had been claimed that Barca were having doubts over buying Arthur, despite putting down a €4m deposit.
However, Sport and Mundo Deportivo are certain that the 21-year-old will indeed arrive at Camp Nou, although not until the start of 2019.
The newspapers explain the Catalans will split his €30m release clause into €11m this summer and €15m more in January.
MD adds Arthur will be one of four ‘signings’ over the next two years, alongside Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, Ajax youngster Frenkie de Jong and B midfielder Carles Alena being promoted to the first team.
Sport, meanwhile, believes Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria ‘wants to become a Barca player at all costs’, despite his Real Madrid past.