Liverpool’s second-half move against Juventus’ Arthur Melo: a makeshift in the midfield

It was just after midnight on Wednesday when Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward approached Juventus for Arthur Melo.

Hours earlier, Jürgen Klopp’s side had beaten Newcastle United 2-1 thanks to Fabio Carvalho’s dramatic late win at Anfield. But the manager’s sense of joy was tempered by the news that captain Jordan Henderson had injured his hamstring.

That was the impetus for Liverpool to finally bolster their depleted midfield division. Klopp, Ward and Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon fully agreed. Sitting still was no longer an option.

With one of their long-term goals unable to agree a deal and the transfer deadline looming, Liverpool ultimately pursued what was essentially a stopgap signing.

The Brazilian international has arrived on loan for the season. With the 26-year-old surplus to requirements under Massimiliano Allegri and Juventus keen to cut his wage bill, it was no hard deal to smash.


Liverpool’s move to Arthur was swift (Photo: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Juventus issued a statement late Thursday, revealing that Arthur’s loan fee was €4.5m and Liverpool had an option to buy him next summer for €37.5m. He needs to have some influence to justify such spending. Earlier in the day, sources indicated it was set for a straight loan with no option to make the arrangement permanent.

With interest from the likes of Valencia and Sporting, Arthur needed little persuasion to join Anfield.

He knows the Liverpool trio Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino well from his national team duties and believes this is the fresh start he needs to revitalize his career. He is thrilled with the opportunity to play for Klopp and is eager to use this stage to take action regularly and secure his place in the Brazil squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

Things moved fast. By 10am on Thursday, Arthur was on a private flight with his agent Federico Pastrello, heading to the UK from Turin to receive his medical care. Even though he has not played for Juventus so far this season, sources close to the player claim he is in good shape and ready to play.

It’s not the big show of intent that many supporters had hoped for ahead of the window’s closure, but given the lack of availability of Liverpool’s main midfield target in this window, it’s a big spend for the owners. It was clear for some time that he was reluctant to

The matter has been the subject of controversy since Liverpool’s loss to Real Madrid in June saw the sale of deep playmaker Aurélien Chuameni from Monaco contested. Initially, Klopp denied pursuing another option, insisting he was already happy embarking on this season with the options at his disposal.

Jude Bellingham tops his wish list, but Borussia Dortmund had no intention of selling Erling Haaland this summer, having already lost him to Manchester City. Liverpool want to sign the £100 million ($115.4 million) England international next year.

An injury crisis saw back-to-back appearances for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones, Thiago and Naby Keita, causing Klopp to change his mind about the need to sign. However, the manager has also publicly claimed that he has no purse strings. I may offend you, but I have no intention of making a decision.”

Last week, Liverpool inquired about Austrian international Konrad Leimer, who is in the final year of his contract, but RB Leipzig were reluctant to lose him at the last minute.

Jones’ return this week eased the situation somewhat, but fears that Henderson would be sidelined until after the international break meant Liverpool could simply sit back and do nothing. Elliott, Fabio Carvalho, James Milner, Jones and Academy teenager Stefan Bithetic would have been the only midfielders available.


Henderson’s hamstring injury prompted a second thought (Photo: Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images)

They have sought cover with an injection of quality and experience, especially given the fact that Liverpool will face five games in 15 days this month and nine in 28 days in October.

The last time the club rushed into action towards the end of the transfer window, it didn’t pay off. A deal was already underway with Ibrahima Konate for that summer. Neither looked part of Liverpool’s decision not to trigger an option to buy Kabuck following a loan from Schalke and Davis’ decision to move to Rangers without appearing.

The difference with Arthur, who has three years left on his Juventus contract, is that he has a much better pedigree.

Liverpool recruiters believe his profile resembles Thiago. He is technically gifted, press tolerant and comfortable to own.

One of his criticisms in Italy was that he took too many touches and was too conservative with his death.

However, his resume is certainly impressive. We’re talking about the player who celebrated his Libertadores glory in the Copa with Gremio in his home country before moving to Barcelona for his €40m (£34.5m, $39.8m) in 2018. increase. Lionel his Messi compared his style to Xavi’s. He always wants the ball, plays short and never loses it. ”

Arthur won La Liga and helped Brazil win the 2019 Copa America. “He always finds the best escapes, the best pass-outs,” said national team boss Tait. After scoring 4 goals and 6 assists in 72 appearances for Barcelona, ​​he joined Juventus in June 2020.

This was part of a swap deal with Miralem Pjanic, effectively a book balancing exercise. Juventus has agreed to pay Arthur €72 million over her four installments, with an additional €10 million he could add. Pjanic had the potential to earn €60 million in his four installments, with add-ons worth €5 million.

Juventus took a €41.8m capital gain for Pjanic, but neither club fared well on the pitch. Artur has made 1 goal and 1 assist in his 63 appearances for Juventus.

Maurizio Sarri was sacked just a month after arriving in Turin after losing to Lyon in the last 16 of the Champions League, where football resumed amid the pandemic.

Andrea Pirlo, who has been promoted to senior positions from the Under-23s, wanted to play alongside Arthur and Manuel Locatelli in midfield, just as Italy used Jorginho and Marco Verratti. However, Juventus could not sign him for Locatelli until the summer of 2021, and Arthur was either ill or missed 90 minutes. The membrane between the tibia and fibula of his right leg was calcified.

The 2020-21 season has had some glorious moments, including a 3-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League and Napoli in the Super Cup. But he was also responsible for the squared ball across his own box that allowed Benevento to deliver a humiliating home defeat. He has been left out of the Turin Derby squad after breaking COVID-19 rules by going to his teammate Weston McKennie’s house for dinner.

Pirlo turned things around to finish fourth, but for president Andrea Agnelli, lifting the Super Cup and the Coppa Italia was not enough. He sacked the manager and reinstated Allegri in May 2021. Arthur underwent surgery to remove calcifications and was out for three months.

Since his return, he has only started 11 league games in 2021-22, with Allegri wanting to strengthen his midfield, as highlighted by the arrival of Denis Zakaria. It felt like Arthur slowed the game down too much. There was no give and go.


Arthur hasn’t played since May (Photo: Getty Images)

In January, his agent began looking for a possible move for him, and there was serious interest from Arsenal. There were talks with Valencia earlier this summer and Sporting were keen for him to consider his options. However, he has not played competitive football since May.

Some Juventus fans are scratching their heads thinking that if Klopp and Liverpool want him, he’s not so bad. Was he not right for Allegri’s style? Didn’t I make the most of it?

Others believe he had the chance and didn’t take it, and the new Juventus midfield with Paul Pogba, Fabio Miletti, Daniel Paredes and Locatelli promises much more. To do.

In any case, Arthur played with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.He went from Barcelona to Juventus to Anfield. he’s not a mug

The burning question is how quickly he can adapt to the intensity of the Premier League? Will he stay fit and seriously claim to stay on Merseyside beyond this season?

Financially, it’s a low-risk deal for Liverpool, but given the midfield issues they have to work through.

(Pictured above: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)


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