Arsenal are pushing to sign midfielder Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus, but the Brazil international will only be allowed to leave if his club can find a replacement.
Arthur is said to be open to joining Arsenal and talks continue over the 25-year-old, who moved to Juventus from Barcelona in June 2020 for an initial fee of € 72million. The Premier League club are ready to cover his entire salary.
Arthur has more often been a substitute than a starter since returning from injury in October. It came into play in Juventus’ Supercoppa Italiana loss to Internazionale on Wednesday night.
Arsenal defender Pablo Marí is set to make a loan deal with Udinese, who have reached a deal to bring in Filip Benkovic, another center-back, following his release by Leicester City.
Arsenal continue to pursue coveted Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic and on Wednesday Mikel Arteta insisted the best players in the world want to join the club.
“Historically this club has always targeted the best players in the world and the best players in the world are always interested in coming here and I can say the situation has not changed,” said the manager. “Every time I spoke to a player they were so willing to come.”