Juventus fans are forced to bite their fingers at the statement of young Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo, recently. The 23-year-old player pledged his loyal promise to Barcelona, so the news of his move was confirmed to be untrue.
Arthur Melo joined Barca in the summer of 2018, he was bought from Gremio. The past two years, he has always been a mainstay in midfield. But over the past two weeks, the player is believed to be moving closer to the Italian club, Juventus.
The news that was heard even claimed that Barcelona was willing to release the 23-year midfielder to Turin, as a condition they get Matthijs De Ligt from the opposite direction. Speculation of this transfer continues to grow day by day.
Arthur is said to be just one step closer to the Italian Serie A club, but this is certainly not true. Arthur himself who expressed a statement of rebuttal of the speculation.
“There will always be speculation around the transfer market, but my plan is clear: the only choice that interests me is to remain in Barcelona,” Arthur wrote in a statement released to the media.
Arthur was aware that as a footballer, transfer speculation was always there, but he was calm and relaxed enough to respond.
“I feel calm and relaxed in that part. I am very happy here and want to thank the club and coaching staff for their trust in me. ”
“This is another reason for me to say very clearly that my desire to continue with Barcelona,” he said.
Still about Juventus, it is believed that Arthur is also in demand by a number of other European giants such as Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea. Only, Arthur claimed not interested in joining one of them.
What has always been his desire is to continue to stay in Barcelona for a long time.
“Barca is a team that I always wanted to defend and my intention is to continue to wear the Blaugrana Jersey for a long time,” said Arthur.
Arthur is still under contract at the Catalan club until 2024, with a release clause reaching 110 million Pounds.