Touted as one of Brazil’s great prospects, Arthur Melo has since lost some of his ‘magic’, but a move to Liverpool could revive his career and solve the Reds’ midfield dilemma.
Manager Jurgen Klopp was hoping to bring in a new midfielder this window and says the one he wants has fled, like Aurelien Tchouameni joined Real Madrid in a deal is said to be worth up to £86million.
Liverpool have also been repeatedly linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund England international Jude Bellingham next summer, and Klopp has said he would ‘like to risk a bit more’ in the market, but the Reds have a strategy. cautious transfer.
Some less obvious deals have turned into hugely successful signings and since 2015, when Klopp arrived, Liverpool have had the lowest net outlay of the big six perceived – a £744m outlay over that period has been matched by £493million in player sales, according to Football. Transfermarkt data site.
This means a loan move for Arthur may prove the ideal stopgap, although the Brazilian is also a valuable asset if he can fulfill his potential.
“Arthur is seen in Brazil as a player with huge potential, who left Gremio among the country’s best between 2017 and 2018,” Brazilian journalist Jorge Natan told BBC Sport.
“His arrival at Barcelona generated hope that he could become one of the main athletes of the Brazilian national team in the years to come for his versatility as a midfielder – very skilled with the ball, with a great passing ability, as is required of great midfielders today.
“But his arrival in Europe seems to have taken away some of the magic around his talent.”
Arthur, who made his Gremio debut aged 18 by Luiz Felipe Scolari, was courted by several European clubs before joining Barcelona in 2018, and played 72 times in all competitions during his two seasons with the Catalan giants. .
“I used to accuse Arthur Melo of being a bit conservative in the way he approached his football at Barcelona,” says Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
“But it wasn’t entirely his fault – it wasn’t a Barcelona that moved a lot without the ball. A lot of times Arthur was just making conservative passes, not as many through passes that he was there for.”
Juventus paid nearly £70m to sign him in 2020 in what was essentially a swap deal for Miralem Pjanic, only for the Serie A side to go through three managers since his arrival – Maurizio Sarri, Andrea Pirlo and Massimiliano Allegri.
“With this style, he [Sarri] plays – high pace, very physical midfielders, it just didn’t work for him,” adds Balague.
“Then Pirlo started playing him, he did well and there were a few games where he was the one with the most accurate passes and that certainly suited what Pirlo wanted to do – then Pirlo left.”
It also coincided with a string of injuries which Transfermarkt say have seen him miss 23 games since December 2020, and Natan says he is unlikely to make Tite’s World Cup squad , in November.
“Physical problems and club changes halted his development and deprived him of his place in the Brazil team,” explains the Globo journalist.
“I think the opportunity to play in the Premier League and join a consolidated team like Liverpool can help him realize at least some of the potential he showed four or five years ago at Gremio.”
Balague agrees, although he has reservations about how quickly Arthur can adapt to the pace of the Premier League, which he says is “completely different to Serie A”.
“At Juventus, it didn’t really work out because Allegri’s system and Allegri’s style just didn’t suit him,” says Balague. “But he not only feels now that he is 100 per cent physically fine, he feels that he could adapt quickly to the Premier League.
“He feels that Klopp will understand his game much better than Allegri, so the player is really looking forward to coming to Liverpool.”
He joins a successful Brazilian contingent at Anfield which also includes Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino.
“Arthur will have to think faster, manage to see the passes faster and deliver them too,” says Balague.
“I don’t know if it will have an immediate impact. If he pulls himself together in a few months, you’ll see someone delivering good balls to the attackers.
“Thiago’s football took a long time to take off, but as we know he had a big impact. [It is] Liverpool’s original thought to have him and a good addition to midfield.”
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