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