Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at
In the final weeks of the collaboration, Arthur Melo and Barcelona threaten to come face to face. The 23-year-old midfielder did not appear with the Catalans on Monday for the mandatory corona test, which was the starting point for the preparation for the final phase of the Champions League. Arthur is staying according to Sports world still in Brazil and wants his contract to be terminated immediately, while Barcelona in no way intends to cooperate.
Arthur will leave Barcelona for Juventus at the end of the season, while Miralem Pjanic will go the opposite way. Radio Catalunya reported Monday evening that Arthur felt improperly handled by the Barcelona board, which would have pressured him to complete a move to Juventus. The disguised exchange deal between Arthur and Pjanic was, according to various Spanish media, initiated by the board of Barça not for sporting reasons, but to get the budget of this season in order.
Trainer Quique Setién left Arthur out of the selection for the last league match of the season against Alavés (0-5 victory), but wants to appeal to the midfielder during the final phase of the Champions League. This week, Barcelona is preparing for the return duel with Napoli, which will take place on Saturday, August 8. In February, the first leg in Italy ended in 1-1. Tuesday was the first training on the program, but Arthur was again not there.
He remains in Brazil for the time being and has no intention of returning to Barcelona. If it were up to Arthur, his contract until the end of this season will be torn apart immediately. Sports world writes that the midfielder does not see any reason to be part of the selection of the Catalans, because he is not able to play anyway. Arthur had been unable to play in the last six games and had been yawning on the reserve bench near Barcelona, which led to displeasure with the Catalans.
Moreover, Arthur does not want the Barcelona club management who would like him to take advantage of him. At Barcelona, however, it is believed that the Brazilian is already too much with his thoughts at Juventus and therefore does not play. In their view, the Catalans literally follow the agreements made with Arthur and Juventus, so that there is no intention to dissolve his contract now. In fact, Barcelona is currently working with athletic Éric Abidal, general manager Grascar Grau and the legal department on disciplinary action against Arthur. The club seems willing to let the conflict with Arthur run high if necessary.