Unexpected turn in the situation of Arthur Melo at Barça. If a few days ago his surroundings explained to ARA his intention to help the team in the Champions League despite having played only four minutes since his transfer to Juventus was confirmed, now the Brazilian midfielder has decided, then of a few days off, who no longer wants to wear the Barça shirt. As reported by the newspaper Sport and was able to confirm the ARA, the former Grêmio has stayed in Brazil, did not appear in the tests prior to the return of training and informed the club that he does not plan to play anymore.
Initially, Barça’s response has been very strong: disciplinary action. In the Camp Nou offices they understand that the footballer does not have permission to miss training and that, if he does not immediately return to the discipline of Quique Setién, he would be in breach of his contract, which remains in force until the end of the season. that the agreement with Juventus has been official for a month. In fact, the pact with the Italian club reflected that both Arthur and Miralem Pjanic – who is still in Turin – would finish work on their home teams before changing their minds.
Despite Barça’s initial position, the footballer’s father and brother have managed to open talks with the club to try to reach an agreed solution and end the contractual relationship before the return of the Champions League. The reason for this decision is that Arthur, who in principle wanted to help the team also on the grass, has thought well, does not perceive predisposition on the part of the coach to make him play and believes that the best is take a step to the side for the good of all. His loss will be significant against Napoli, in the round of 16 (return) of the maximum continental competition, in which the Cantabrian coach will not be able to count on Sergio Busquets or Arturo Vidal due to a sanction and will only have Rakitic, De Jong, Sergi Roberto and Riqui Puig for three positions.
Arthur’s decision surprised Barça, who had some inputs different from the Brazilian midfielder. The footballer had been willing to help the Barça team in this final stretch of the season and to leave the club with good feelings. His departure will once again reduce the number of Brazilians at Barça for the second summer in a row. In fact, depending on how the market goes, Neto could be the only representative of this country in the staff. The other two Brazilians who have a contract in force are Coutinho and Rafinha, but all indications are that they will leave the entity again after their respective transfers (to Celta and Bayern, respectively). The little Alcántara has an affordable clause of 16 million and could leave forever, while the Rio de Janeiro has a poster in the Premier League and a starting price of 60 million – half of what it cost two years ago.
Araujo, with a sprain
On the other hand, tests yesterday confirmed that Ronald Araujo has a sprained right ankle. The player is low and the evolution will mark his availability. The Uruguayan defender played 75 minutes in the final on Sunday play-off of promotion to Second Division A. A match in which Barça B faced Sabadell and that ended with the possibilities of promotion for those of Garcia Pimienta when falling 1-2. Araujo made his debut this season with the first team in the victory against Sevilla (4-0).