Arsenal are ready to give the signing of Juventus’ Arthur Melo another try this summer, according to a report from Italy.

TURIN, ITALY: Melo Arthur of Juventus runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Gaston Brugman of Parma Calcio 1913 during the Serie A match between Juventus and Parma Calcio at Allianz Stadium on April 21, 2021. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino / Getty Images)
TURIN, ITALY: Melo Arthur of Juventus runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Gaston Brugman of Parma Calcio 1913 during the Serie A match between Juventus and Parma Calcio at Allianz Stadium on April 21, 2021. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino / Getty Images)

Calciomercato report that after Arsenal’s failure to secure a deal for Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo in January, they’re now ready to try again.

Right at the end of the January transfer window, Gianluca Di Marzio confirmed Arthur’s move to Arsenal was off, and Fabrizio Romano wrote on Twitter that negotiations had collapsed.

The Athletic reported that Arsenal declined to enter formal negotiations with Juventus for Arthur, as the club hierarchy didn’t approve of the agreement technical director Edu Gaspar had with the Serie A side.

Arsenal’s initial plan was to sign Arthur on loan for six months, but Juventus pushed for 18. Edu and Federico Cherubini eventually agreed on an 18-month loan with a €40m option to buy, but Arsenal then decided against it.

According to Romeo Agresti of Goal Italia, Juventus were only open to an 18-month loan. So the move didn’t happen.

BENEVENTO, ITALY - NOVEMBER 28: Melo Arthur of Juventus during the Serie A match between Benevento Calcio and Juventus at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on November 28, 2020 in Benevento, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
BENEVENTO, ITALY: Melo Arthur of Juventus during the Serie A match between Benevento Calcio and Juventus at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on November 28, 2020. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta was keen on the player in January, and he could well be again this summer. But the circumstances have changed.

Whether or not Arsenal make it into the top four, they’ll be looking to add a long-term midfielder this summer, not make a short-term signing to tide things over until the end of the campaign.

Perhaps that will change how Arteta and Arsenal view the situation.

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