Brazilian midfielder Arthur moves to BarcelonaJuly 10, 2018
Barcelona have made their first signing of the transfer window, moving to bring in Arthur from Brazilian Serie A side Grêmio.
The 21-year old Brazilian has signed a six year deal at a cost of around €31 million plus €9 million in extras, keeping him at the Camp Nou until the end of the 2023/24 season.
A buyout clause of €400 million has also been inserted in his contract.
Arthur began his youth career with Goiás in his home city where he played for two years before joining Grêmio where he won the Recopa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores.
As well as being a standout at club level, the midfielder has been capped at under-17 and under-20 level for his country and also called up at senior level although he is yet to earn his first cap for the Seleção.
On their official website, Barcelona describe him as a player who “likes playing with quick touches and short triangulating passes involving his teammates” and they say “he also stands out for his skill at protecting the ball and his eagerness to play vertically up the field.”
The five foot eight midfielder’s full name is Arthur Henrique Ramos de Oliveira Melo but luckily enough for fans and commentators alike, he goes by the name Arthur.