Barcelona and Real Madrid have been told they will need to pay at least €50 million if they want to sign Brazilian sensation Arthur, as reported by Goal.
Gremio vice-president Odorico Roman claims they will not be not letting him go for less than his release clause, after the 21-year-old was vital in securing the Copa Libertadores trophy in November.
Arthur has been heavily linked with a host of European clubs and was photographed in a Barcelona shirt early this month, fuelling speculation that the Catalan giants were trying to tap-up the youngster.
“Gremio renewed Arthur’s contract for three years, his clause is €50 million and we do not plan to sell for less,” claimed Roman.
“If Barca come with an offer of 25 or 30 million euros, Arthur will not go for that money.”
The Catalan’s are leading the chase for the Brazilian, with his style of play likened to Nou Camp legend Andres Iniesta and former La Masia youth product Thiago Alcantara.
With Iniesta ageing, Arthur could be the man to replace him and he has been proving his worth in South America, particularly in the Copa Libertadores, where he was named man of the match on his debut in the competition in a 1-1 draw at Club Guarani, finishing with 40 passes and a 100% completion rate.
Despite just eight league appearances prior to this season’s Serie A campaign, he has gone on to become a regular in the squad, racking up 27 matches in the competition to help guide them to fourth.
Victory in the final of South America’s premier tournament against Lanus may have been Arthur’s final game for the Porto Alegre outfit, with Real Madrid also interested in acquiring the Brazilian’s services, along with English Premier League side Chelsea and Italian outift Inter Milan.