Barcelona confirm arrival of Gremio star in deal worth up to £35million

By Mirror: Tuesday, July 10th 2018 at 11:00 GMT +3 | Football
Arthur has joined Barcelona [Photo: Courtesy]

Barcelona have announced the arrival of Arthur Melo from Gremio.

The La Liga champions reached an agreement for the arrival of the 21-year-old midfielder after Barca chief Robert Fernandez jetted to Brazil in March.

Arthur, who has signed a six-year deal, joins for an initial €31million (£27.5m) with a further €9m (£8m) in bonuses.

He links up with the Barcelona first-team squad immediately, ahead of the pre-season tour of the United States.

Barcelona have included a staggering €400m (£354m) release clause in his deal.

The Catalan giants held talks for his transfer in March [Photo: Courtesy]

Manchester United were among the many clubs said to be interested in Arthur.

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But a deal was struck early, with the youngster being pictured with a Barcelona shirt in March - before the deal was officially ratified.

Arthur will be officially presented as a Barcelona player in the near future, with a date still to be confirmed.

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