Juventus agree huge £72.5m fee with Barcelona to sign midfielder Arthur this summer… but player is desperate to stay at the Nou Camp and fight for his place in Quique Setien’s side
- Juventus have agreed a mammoth fee of £72.5m with Barcelona for Arthur
- It has been reported that Brazilian is keen to stay and fight for his place at Barca
- Maurizio Sarri wants to build his midfield around the 23-year-old at Juventus
- Barcelona, meanwhile, want to bring Miralem Pjanic the other way from Juve
Arthur arrived at the Nou Camp from Gremio in his native Brazil for £28m, and has gone on to make 70 appearances for the club across two seasons.
Despite the mammoth fee being agreed between the two sides, as reported by Sky Sports, it is understood the 23-year-old is desperate to stay and fight for his place in the midfield at Barcelona.
Juventus have reportedly agreed a huge £72.5m deal to sign Arthur (left) from Barcelona
It is understood the Brazilian is desperate to stay and fight for his place in the Barcelona team
The Spanish club, though, are cash-strapped and understood to be keen to take the fee offered by Juve in the summer.
It has been written that Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri wants to build his team around the Brazilian next season, while the Italians have also offered him a huge wage increase.
If he accepts the move to Turin, Arthur will be on £4.5m a year and will line up in the midfield behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.
For now, it is understood that Arthur will line up for Barcelona on Tuesday night in their huge clash against Athletic Bilbao.
Arthur, pictured against Leganes last week, needs convincing about the move to Juventus
Barcelona want to sign Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic but the two sides are apart in their valuations
Elsewhere, Barcelona are also keen to do some further business with Juventus as they look to sign Miralem Pjanic from the Italian champions.
Sky Italy report that talks are continuing over his valuation, with Juve wanting £63.4m, but Barcelona do not feel he is worth just £9m less than Arthur.
A number of Barcelona’s first-team players look set for exits in the summer, with Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo and Samuel Umtiti all on the market should the right offer come in.
Maurizio Sarri reportedly wants to build his midfield around Arthur at Juventus next season