Soccer NewsFriday 12th January 2018

Bad news for Barcelona, Man United and Chelsea join race for £45M-rated midfielder

Bad news for Barcelona, Man United and Chelsea join race for £45M-rated midfielder

Barcelona have received some bad news, as both Chelsea and Man United have joined the race for Brazilian midfielder Arthur.

This is according to the Daily Star, who are re-reporting the Daily Mail, who state that both the Premier League sides are keeping tabs on the 21-year-old, and that the player’s contract contains a £45M release clause.

The news outlet are also stating that Ernesto Valverde’s side have been strongly linked with making a move for the midfielder.

Gremio midfielder Arthur
Barcelona could face a battle from Chelsea and United for Arthur’s signature

So far this season, Arthur has impressed fans with his performance in the Brazilian Serie A.

In 12 appearances for the Brazilian side, the midfielder has been able to contribute one assists, a fairly impressive return for a player of his young age.

Last season, the 21-year-old was also able to impress fans, with the Gremio ace making 27 appearances, scoring once as his side secured a fourth-placed finish in the Brazilian Serie A.

Throughout his career so far, the midfielder has shown that he is capable of playing in central area of the pitch, with the midfielder being deployed as an attacking midfielder, central and defensive midfielder.

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Should Chelsea and United up their pursuit of Arthur, it’ll be interesting to see if the two sides can pry the player away from the clutches of the Spanish giants.