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FC Barcelona and Guild of Porto Alegre closed the transfer of the Brazilian midfielder on Monday Arthur Melo, that will play the next six seasons in the Barça team, in an operation that will cost the Catalan entity 31 million euros plus another 9 in variables.

Barça and Gremio reached an agreement for the transfer of the player last March, but in principle Arthur, 21, should not join his new team until 2019. However, the new agreement subscribed contemplates “the immediate incorporation” of the midfielder, according to Barcelona in a statement.

Arthur is the first signing for the 2018-19 season of the Catalan team, that could shortly announce a new incorporation, that of the French center of Seville Clément Lenglet.

The addition of Arthur, who did not participate in the World Cup in Russia, will allow Barça to dispose of their servicesThe beginning of the preseason of Ernesto Valverde's team, scheduled for July 11, and the subsequent trip to U.S.

The Brazilian, who will have a clause of rescission of 400 million euros, comes to reinforce the core area of ​​a team that this summer lost two members with the departures of Andrés Iniesta and Paulinho.

Arthur Melo, who will turn 22 on August 12, developed his professional career at Gremio de Porto Alegre, where he entered the 2015 season and was up to date with 50 goals scored.

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