According to transfer expert Gianluca DiMarzio, Valencia are interested in Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo and have even made contact with the Bianconeri. The Brazilian international is surplus to requirements at the Turin club, and Valencia could size up a beneficial deal for all parties. The 25-year-old is not in Max Allegri’s plan for the season and Valencia could pounce with a loan offer with an option to buy.
Since Arthur Melo came to Europe from Brazil, he has failed to live up to the expectations of his talents. After two years in Barcelona in which he failed to nail down a starting spot, he was exchanged for Miralem Pjanic in what was a colossal clusterfuck of a deal. Barcelona are stuck with an underwhelming Pjanic and Juventus with a very average Arthur.
The Bianconeri have been trying to shift his huge wages to another club and bring in a new midfielder. Paul Pogba has arrived and will only eat more out of Arthur’s 11 starts in Serie A. However, Valencia and Gennaro Gattuso could offer the Brazilian international an escape route.
Valencia have already lost Ilaix Moriba back to home club RB Leipzig and will need fresh bodies in midfield. The club has also been auctioning Carlos Soler. Valencia are looking to bring in Arthur Melo, who will have to take a massive pay-cut for any deal to happen.
Valencia owner Peter Lim has been selling off players since he came to the club and pinching out loan deals like this to save face. Arthur Melo could regain some confidence and purpose in Valencia under the guidance of the former AC Milan manager. Anyone who can revive Tiemoue Bakayoko’s career (albeit temporarily) after that Chelsea stint can revive any career.
For now, we wait to see if the cash-strapped Valencia can stump up anything for Arthur Melo.