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Barcelona agree £34million option to sign Brazilian star at end of season

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Patty Aguilar | 11 March, 2018, 20:20

Chelsea have missed out on the signature of Gremio's Arthur as Barcelona confirm a deal to sign the player.

Barcelona says it has reached an agreement with Brazilian club Gremio for the option to buy midfielder Arthur for 30 million euros ($37 million) plus variables that could reach 9 million euros ($11 million).

A Barcelona website statement said he "stands out for his passing ability".

Barcelona and Gremio have officially announced an agreement on a purchase option for the Copa Libertadores victor Arthur Melo for up to €39m.

If Barca exercise the option, which they can in July, the transfer will cost €30million plus €9m in add-ons.

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He has won the Brazilian Cup and the Copa Libertadores with Gremio, and has represented Brazil at Under-17 and Under-20 level.

The 21-year-old made a total of 40 appearances across all competitions last season for the Brazilian top flight outfit.

Malaga were the last team to beat Barcelona in the league, derailing their title bid with a 2-0 win last April and they created two chances in the first half but could not test visiting goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

An all-round midfielder, Arthur has been praised for his ability to aid his team in both the attacking and defensive phases of play.

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