Both Newcastle United and Aston Villa are reportedly in the mix for Arthur Melo, and Juventus ‘could receive offers’ for the Liverpool loan flop.
Arthur would have expected more than he got from his loan spell at Anfield. Indeed, the Premier League was the latest challenge for him to tackle after playing for Barcelona and Juventus in La Liga and Serie A, respectively.
However, not much tackling of England took place. After playing 13 minutes in the Reds’ Champions League opener, the midfielder was struck down by injury.
That saw him forced out for a lengthy period, needing surgery to fix the problem. When he returned to fitness, Jurgen Klopp declined to give him any opportunities.
Indeed, Arthur sat on the bench in five Premier League games from March, but never managed to get on the pitch. As such, he never actually managed a league game during his time at Anfield.
He’ll therefore head back to Juventus having played very little football this season.
However, that’s not what he’s got on his agenda. Indeed, a recent report suggested he is ‘keen to leave’ Italy, and wants to have ‘another crack’ at the Premier League.
That report stated there were two clubs that were keen on him, but they weren’t named.
Newcastle, Aston Villa court Arthur
TuttoJuve has since named two Premier League sides that are looking to benefit from the situation. Indeed, it’s reported ‘the most convincing proposal’ could come from Newcastle, who are ‘interested in signing a midfielder of his experience’.
The same is said of Aston Villa, who seem to have some very ambitious plans for the summer.
Arthur could yet again move to the Premier League on a short-term basis, but with Juve looking to make money amid their financial strife, it might not be just that.
Indeed, the report suggests the Old Lady ‘would be satisfied’ with a loan, but with an obligation to buy the midfielder for a fee in the region of £19million.
Obligation a risk for interested sides
A dry loan seems the best course of action for any side that could take Arthur on board this summer. After missing effectively the whole season, there might well be some rust.
And while there is interest in him, it would be a gamble for any side to agree to buy him having not seen him play for a while – experience or not.
It seems much more likely that any interested side would attempt to negotiate a loan with an option to buy, rather than an obligation.
Liverpool have an option for around £32million, and they’ll be glad it’s just an option, given how the season has panned out.
It would have been a waste of money for them to have to buy him, and for Newcastle and Villa, if the midfielder can’t find form after a long spell on the sidelines, it could be the same for them.