Arsenal may not sign Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo this month unless they offer ‘future purchase guarantees’, Tuttomercatoweb reports.
The north London giants have identified the Brazilian as their prime midfield target, but they have yet to make any progress in landing his signature.
The club were initially hoping to sign him on a six-month loan, but the Bianconeri are quite clear that they would prefer an extended loan move.
On top of this, they are now eyeing ‘future purchase guarantees’ which could mean a buy obligation or one triggered by some set of objectives.
Talks are set to resume between the clubs, but the Gunners could miss out on the 25-year-old unless they are willing to negotiate a long-term deal.
The Gunners have been short in the midfield department this month due to various reasons, and that has had a direct impact on their performances.
After disappointing Cup exits, the club played out a disappointing 0-0 draw against Burnley in the Premier League where Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey were suspended.
Both players will return following the winter/international break. Aside from the duo, the Gunners will see the return of Mohamed Elneny after his African Cup of Nations campaign.
Hence, the club will be at full strength with Albert Sambi Lokonga also in the squad. It does not appear a necessity for the hierarchy to pursue another central midfielder.
Still, manager Mikel Arteta may not want another repeat of the situation due to injuries or coronavirus. Arthur’s arrival would provide the added depth to push for the top four.
The Brazilian is not tough tackler or someone who is strong in the air, but he has excellent ball control and distribution qualities which would be ideal for progressive play.
It remains to be seen whether the Gunners are willing to meet Juventus’ demands for the £125,000-a-week star, who is eyeing a medium-term experience in the Premier League.
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