Brazil midfield starlet reveals reason behind Man Utd snub

Oli Fisher

New Barcelona signing Arthur has revealed the reasoning behind snubbing Manchester United in favour of a move to the Nou Camp.

Arthur officially signed for Barca earlier in the month for a fee which could rise to €39million, but he will remain in Brazil until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old midfielder reportedly attracted strong interest from Jose Mourinho, but revealed that a childhood dream led him to LaLiga.

“There was a time when there were a lot of different offers on the table but I chose Barca,” the Gremio star revealed.

“I wanted to play for the team because of its style and because of what it means.  I had a huge dream to join this job and hope to enjoy my football here.

Arthur revealed that both Neymar and Philippe Coutinho called him after he joined to congratulate him, while also stating that Barca chief Robert Fernandez played a huge part during the negotiations.

“He was the person with whom I had the most contact and helped to get everything going.”


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