Report: Arthur to Barca now

Gremio midfielder Arthur will reportedly join Barcelona this summer as opposed to next year.

According to AS, Barca have decided to bring Arthur’s €39m move forward and are in talks over a revised payment plan.

The newspaper explains signing the Brazilian now is ‘essential’ so he can ‘slowly absorb’ the Blaugrana’s style of play, while Coach Ernesto Valverde has ‘demanded’ reinforcements in the middle of the park.

Andre Gomes is likely to follow Andres Iniesta out of Camp Nou, with Denis Suarez considered a ‘doubt’, whereas starlet Carles Alena has a ‘serious’ injury and is not expected back until early ‘November’.

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