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Arthur, in a game with the Guild.
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The arrival of Arthur to the FC Barcelona It is official, after the Catalan club exercised the purchase option agreed in March with the Grêmio of Porto Alegre for 31 million euros plus 9 in variables. Signature for six seasons and its clause of rescission is 400 million and thus becomes the first signing of the club azulgrana for 2018/2019.

This midfielder, who turns 22 in August, is one of the greatest promises of Brazilian football and a new commitment of the Barca technical secretariat to recover the essence in a field area where decisions have not been successful in recent years.

Arthur Melo responds to the ideal profile of game organizer. Despite his youth, he enjoys a great personality with the ball, ability to maintain possession and great vision to filter passes. It gives meaning to each action and almost always chooses the correct option. It is dynamic, with a fantastic oriented control and great capacity to occupy many meters of field.

Arthur has developed his entire career in Gremio. Luiz Felipe Scolari, then coach of the club, recruited him for the first team in 2015. He immediately became the axis of a group that, two years later, reached the Libertadores Cup. He was named best player of that final against Lanús.

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By then, the great teams of Europe had already had their eye on him. He had lifted the Brazilian Cup in 2016 and a year later he reaffirmed himself as irreplaceable also for the new coach, Renato Gaúcho. Who has not yet called him is the Brazilian coach, Tite. It will do it, without a doubt, if it curdles in the Barcelona, ​​a team that needs a player of its characteristics.

For only a few months he will not coincide at the Camp Nou with his great idol, Andres Iniesta. His game is more like that of Xavi Hernandez, who a few months ago defined him as “a talent that can fit very well in Barça”. However, Xavi recalled that this is not enough: “Another thing will be the subject of his mentality, the ability to adapt in the country, in the league and a club as big as Barça.”

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