Barca to sign Gremio’s Arthur now

Barcelona have struck an agreement to bring the signing of Gremio midfielder Arthur forward to this summer, according to reports in the Spanish press.

Diario Sport report representatives of the Blaugrana have flown to Porto Alegre in Brazil to conduct negotiations which should mean the Brazilian arrives at the Camp Nou next month.

A report in Diario AS earlier this month stated the club had accelerated the €39m deal and formulate a revised payment plan which would ensure Gremio are in agreement.

New sporting director Eric Abidal alongside transfer colleagues Ramon Planes and Pep Segura have speeded up the move following discussions with Coach Ernesto Valverde.

The boss is said to have ‘demanded’ reinforcements in the middle of the park with the idea that the Brazilian’s integration into the squad will hasten his development.

Andre Gomes is likely to follow former captain 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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