Arsenal are reportedly focusing on bringing in a new midfielder ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Gunners midfielder Mohamed Elneny sustained a significant injury in Saturday’s Premier League win over Fulham.
According to The Athletic, initial indications suggest Elneny is expected to be sidelined for a substantial period.
With Thomas Partey also absent – due to a ‘relatively minor’ muscular issue – Arsenal are now light in central midfield.
This could potentially see Mikel Arteta and Edu reassess their late transfer plans.
Today, 90Min reported that Arsenal have been offered a number of midfielders ahead of the deadline.
One of those is Arthur Melo, a player the Gunners have been linked with for much of the year.
Back in January, 90Min claimed Arsenal had agreed personal terms with the Juventus man ahead of a loan switch.
And though a move didn’t materialise back then, the Gunners are apparently still eyeing the 26-year-old.
However, Everton are now apparently in the race for Arthur too.
The Brazil international is surplus to requirements at Juve, and they seem willing to let him go.
Indeed, they need to find a transfer solution for him ahead of signing Leandro Paredes.
Juve reportedly value Arthur at around £25m-26m.
Arsenal target Arthur Melo – factfile
Arthur has been at Juve since 2020, when he joined from Barcelona in a reported £68.4m deal.
He had been at Barca for two years, having linked up with them from Gremio in a reported £27.9m deal.
Arthur has made 63 appearances for Juve and 72 for Barca, as well as winning 22 Brazil caps.
Earlier this year, Eurosport wrote: “Arthur is a half-winger who focuses on possession and passes that start an attacking phase.
“He knows how to lower himself when receiving the ball, making him tough to intercept or tackle, and as a result he rarely loses possession.
“He has improved both in his long passing game and in his reading of the game without the ball.
“Arthur is a useful player if you want to lambada, not to go to war. Or rather, he can go to war, but he is certainly not temperamental.
“In possession he is devastating in all situations, in the sense that with the ball at his feet he does what he wants.
“In the phase of non-possession, he needs a system that helps him, as he is not particularly fast in the defensive transitions.”
Lionel Messi compared the Brazilian to Xavi, Andres Iniesta called him “exceptional”, and Thomas Vermaelen said he’s “incredible”.