Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal to sign a Serie A player

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TURIN, ITALY: Melo Arthur of Juventus runs with the ball under pressure from Gaston Brugman of Parma Calcio 1913 during the Serie A match between Juventus and Parma Calcio at Allianz Stadium on April 21, 2021. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Tuttosport report that Arsenal have all but reached an agreement to sign Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus as they are now ready to accept an 18-month loan.

Arsenal were initially asking for a six-month loan, but reports suggested Juventus wanted a longer contract to free up more space on their wage bill.

It looks like the Gunners are now ready to compromise.

This perhaps explains why Sky Sports reported on Friday that Melo’s decision was a step in the right direction.

Arsenal’s talks with the player’s agent went well, and while it’s believed nothing will happen anytime soon, Sky claimed there was ‘nothing to worry about’ with the player. OK.

BENEVENTO, ITALY - NOVEMBER 28: Melo Arthur of Juventus during the Serie A match between Benevento Calcio and Juventus at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on November 28, 2020 in Benevento, Italy.  (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
BENEVENTO, ITALY: Melo Arthur of Juventus during the Serie A match between Benevento Calcio and Juventus at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on November 28, 2020. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Goal reported earlier this week that Arsenal were stepping up their efforts to sign Arthur from Juventus on loan, speaking to the player’s agent on Wednesday.

Arsenal technical director Edu has spoken one-on-one with Federico Pastorello at London Colney in hopes that negotiations with Juventus will begin to move forward.

At the time, Goal claimed the player was enthusiastic, but Juventus were unwilling to let him go without a substitute.

fabrice romano added that following Arthur’s agent’s meeting with Arsenal, Juventus had asked for an 18-month loan offer with an option to buy – rather than a six-month loan.

Tuttosport suggests that Arsenal could be ready to accept the first part, but there is no suggestion of an option to buy in the deal yet.

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