According to Globo Esporte, Arthur has opted to join Arsenal after meeting with the club, and the Gunners are currently negotiating with Juventus.
Mikel Arteta is looking for a new midfielder because Arsenal only has one senior midfielder available for selection. Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined Roma, while Martin Odegaard is out with covid. Thomas Partey and Mo Elneny are at the African Cup of Nations, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined Roma, and Martin Odegaard is out with covid.
Emile Smith Rowe is out with a groin injury, while Granit Xhaka faces a two-game suspension after being sent off during Arsenal’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg draw with Liverpool on Thursday night.
Arsenal only has 12 outfield players available for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Tottenham due to injuries elsewhere in the team, hence the club has asked the Premier League to postpone the North London Derby.
It’s no wonder, therefore, that Arteta is desperately seeking to bolster his team, with Arthur emerging as a top target as it became evident that a permanent move for Bruno Guimaraes would be too difficult to complete this month.
Arthur has met with Arsenal officials to discuss a move to the Emirates, according to Globo Esporte, after being granted permission by Juventus to negotiate a move to North London. According to the source, the 25-year-old is ‘excited’ about the potential of joining Arsenal and will inform Max Allegri of his wish to join the club.
Arthur wishes for Arsenal move
According to Globo Esporte, a deal is nearing completion, with Arsenal covering Arthur’s £80,000-a-week [£4.2 million-a-year] salaries in order to join the South American on a one-year loan with a buyout option in the summer. Arsenal is currently attempting to reach an agreement with Juventus on a potential future transfer fee before finalizing the deal.