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Juventus statement reveals Liverpool ‘agreed’ £30m-plus Arthur transfer option, with all eyes on next summer

Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo

Juventus have revealed that Liverpool in fact have an option to sign Arthur Melo permanently for over £30million, after talk of a straight loan deal.

The Reds completed the signing of the 26-year-old on deadline day following a late search for a new midfielder. Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita are among those sidelined with injuries at Anfield.

Manager Jurgen Klopp consequently agreed to think again about not signing a new midfielder.

After revealing that one of his earlier targets had decided to move elsewhere, Liverpool went after Arthur.

And the various reports about the deal claimed it was a straight-up loan deal with no option to buy for the Premier League club.

But, Juventus’ official press release on the transfer claims otherwise. The Serie A side say Liverpool can pay €37.5million (£32.3million) to tie Arthur to a longer-term deal.

Liverpool’s official statement on the signing made no mention of such an arrangement.

The Juventus release adds that the clause, if activated, would be payable over two years.

More clubs wanted Arthur

Meanwhile, Sky Sports News reveals more details about Liverpool’s loan deal for Arthur,

There were three other clubs keen on signing the 22-cap Brazil international, who instead settled on Anfield as his next destination. Liverpool will pay most of the player’s wages.

Arthur wants to play at the highest level as he seeks a return to his national team for the World Cup.

Speaking in his first interview as a Liverpool player, the midfielder labelled it a “dream” to move to the red side of Merseyside.

He added that his “ideas and visions” matched up with what Klopp wanted this season at Anfield.

Liverpool hoping for big impact

Arthur initially arrived at Barcelona with big hopes from both club and player for his career.

But after two years, he moved to Juventus in a mega-money swap deal, with Miralem Pjanic moving the other way.

Since then, Arthur has had a rocky ride with injury and also with struggles to fit in under Andrea Pirlo and Massimiliano Allegri.

As such, while he has not proven himself yet, there is certainly hope at Liverpool that he can.

Nevertheless, the £32.3million option to buy looks a stretch – at this stage anyway – for the midfielder.

However, he could yet enjoy a standout rest of the season at Anfield.