Juventus eyeing move for Barcelona’s Arthur Melo

RIO DE JANEIRO (XINHUA) – Midfielder Arthur Melo could swap Barcelona for Juventus in the upcoming European summer transfer window, according to media reports in his native Brazil.

Arthur’s contract expires in June 2024 but Barcelona may be tempted by an offer of EUR35 million for the 24-year-old, reports said. He would receive an annual salary of EUR4 million more than what he currently earns at the Camp Nou, according to the Uol news service.

After an impressive debut season with the Blaugrana, Arthur has endured a frustrating 2019-20 campaign with injuries and poor form limiting him to just 23 matches across all competitions.

Arthur has also been linked with a move to Inter Milan in a possible deal involving Argentinian striker Lautaro Martinez.

Last month, the Brazil international denied speculation he could leave Barcelona, saying he saw himself “staying for many more years”.

File photo shows Barcelona’s Arthur Melo vying for the ball with Manchester United’s Fred during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg match. PHOTO: XINHUA