Arsenal are no longer interested in Juventus’ Arthur Melo and they haven’t held any talks to sign him this summer, with Valencia a more likely destination.

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY: Melo Arthur of Juventus runs with the ball during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and Juventus at Mapei Stadium - Città del Tricolore on May 12, 2021. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini / Getty Images)
REGGIO NELL’EMILIA, ITALY: Melo Arthur of Juventus runs with the ball during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and Juventus at Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore on May 12, 2021. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini / Getty Images)

Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte reported on Monday that Arsenal were yet to hold any talks with Arthur Melo or Juventus over a summer transfer for the midfielder.

Di Marzio then reported on Wednesday that Arsenal are simply no longer interested in the signing. The Italian outlet also ruled out a move to Barcelona, leaving Valencia as the frontrunnners.

Valencia have presented their first offer to Juventus, a loan with part of the player’s salary paid by his parent club.

Fabrizio Romano confirms that Arsenal haven’t submitted an offer for Arthur, nor held any negotiations since January. Romano adds that Valencia boss Gennaro Gattuso is insisting on completing the signing, with talks ongoing.

GENOA, ITALY - MAY 6: Arthur Melo of Juventus looks on during his warm-up session prior to kick-off in the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and Juventus at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on April 30, 2022 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Getty Images)
GENOA, ITALY: Arthur Melo of Juventus looks on during his warm-up session prior to kick-off in the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and Juventus at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on April 30, 2022. (Photo by Getty Images)

Arthur appeared to be a serious Arsenal target in the January transfer window, with Edu Gaspar even reportedly coming to a preliminary agreement with Juventus.

But after the club hierarchy turned the move down, it seems that was the end of the possibility.

Some smaller transfer outlets have reported interest from Arsenal in Arthur at various points in the summer, but it’s never been backed up by the more reliable Gunners correspondents.

Arsenal clearly have other priorities for the remainder of the summer window.

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