Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol has provided an update on Arthur Melo and his proposed move to Arsenal in the January transfer window.
Arsenal have taken some great strides under Mikel Arteta this season. Having made the worst start to a season in the club’s history, they turned their form around and have managed to position themselves right into the battle for a spot in the Champions League for next season.
Now with the January transfer window upon them, they have another opportunity to add to their impressive side, and one name being floated around is that of Juventus and Brazil midfielder Arthur.
Speaking on Sky Sports News’ The Transfer Show, Solhekol discussed what the latest was with regards to a possible move to the Emirates Stadium, revealing that there have been some slight hiccups when it comes to the proposed move, but that in the overall grand scheme of things, there was nothing to worry about.
He said: “One of the sticking points at the moment is how long the loan is going to be for, and how much it’s going to cost, and who’s going to pay how much of the player’s wages. But everything, as far as I’m being told, is moving in the right direction.
“This evening [Thursday], we got some reports from one source telling us that the deal was very close. I’ve checked those out, and I’m being told, ‘just hold on a second, calm down, nothing is going to happen straight away, but there’s nothing to worry about’.”
TIF Thoughts on Kaveh Solhekol’s comments about Arthur Melo and Arsenal…
Will Arsenal make a signing this January?
It sounds as if the deal is still progressing in Arsenal’s favour and that a deal should be completed at some stage, with just the particulars being left to sort out. But Arsenal are right to be making sure that they get the deal absolutely right when it comes to their end.
Having done so well to get this far this season, the last thing that they need is for someone to come along and ruin the work that they have done. And whilst they have made strides this term, they also need to look towards the future.
As Solhekol pointed out in another edition of The Transfer Show (15:58), there is the possibility that the loan deal could be for 18 months, so Arsenal probably won’t want to waste their time or money on someone that could hold them back next season if Arthur doesn’t live up to their expectations.