Arsenal 'interested in signing Juve midfielder Arthur Melo on loan'

Arsenal ‘interested in signing Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo on loan this month but Gunners are yet to make contact with Serie A side’ – as Mikel Arteta eyes additions to his midfield

  • Arthur Melo has not been a regular in the Juventus starting XI this season 
  • The Brazilian moved to Juve from Barcelona in 2020 in a expensive swap deal 
  • Yet Mikel Arteta is looking at strengthening his midfield in the January window 
  • It comes as a big-money move for Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes looks less likely  

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo this month. 

The 25-year-old, who moved to Juve from Barcelona in 2020 as part of the swap deal for Miralem Pjanic, is not a regular in the Juve starting XI and has only featured 11 times in total this season. 

Mikel Arteta is keen for some reinforcements in midfield – particularly with Thomas Partey absent at the Africa Cup of Nations – and Sky Sport Italia report that a loan move for Arthur has been discussed. 

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo this month

Mikel Arteta is keen for midfield reinforcements and a loan move for Arthur has been discussed

However, the Gunners are yet to make contact with the Serie A club about any deal. 

It comes as a move for Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes looks less likely, due to the £37.5m price-tag involved. 

Arthur has previously been linked with a move to Tottenham, though that was before his switch to Italy in 2020. 

Meanwhile, the Gunners remain determined to land Dusan Vlahovic this month.

Arteta wants to sign a new centre forward and the club have identified the Fiorentina star as their preferred option this month. 

Arsenal have been told they must stump up £150million to land Dusan Vlahovic this month

They also have an interest in Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but the chances of luring the England star from Goodison Park in January appear remote. 

Sportsmail has learned the Gunners have been quoted a minimum £58million transfer fee for the Serbia international, while Vlahovic is will command £160,000-per-week after tax in wages over a five year contract – which equates to just over £300,000-per-week.

It is also understood that clubs interested in Vlahovic have also been informed that the deal will also include £15million in fees to the player’s camp – bringing the total cost to £150m.  




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