Arsenal was keen to sign Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo in the last transfer window.
The Juventus star has been struggling for relevance at the Italian club, and he was also keen to move away from Turin.
However, Arsenal could not agree with the Old Lady to sign him.
A report via Sport Witness claims the midfielder had already agreed to personal terms with Arsenal, and the club just needed to agree with his current employer.
However, the Gunners insisted on a straight loan while Juve wanted some commitment involved.
The report claims this difference scuppered the deal.
Just Arsenal Opinion
Arthur is technically gifted, and he could have been a quality addition to our squad for this second half of the season.
We have some exciting players in the current squad, but Arthur probably has more experience than a majority of them.
The midfielder is still not a regular at Juve, and he also struggles to make an impact in a more rigid system being employed by Max Allegri.
We would need to keep bolstering our squad, and it would be great to add Arthur to the group.
Juve could allow him to join us on a loan-to-buy agreement which will help Arsenal evaluate if he fits our system.
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No, not good enough
Can’t crack the starting lineup at Juve in the Italian league, so that doesn’t bode well for a much much tougher PL.
The terms vastly favored the player and Juve, and all the risk was on Arsenal. Great move to torpedo this deal before it came to fruition.
Better options available for similar price, and some even have PL experience, compared to Arthur who was voted among the 3 worst players in the league last year.
But not voted as bad as Aaron Ramsey!
Ramsey is a case I think the club actually got right. Before the club held on to players past their sell by date, or gave increased wages for dropping productivity.
Ramsey was not the player he used to be, or many had hoped he would be. Injuries and age took their toll, and he was no longer the complete midfielder, but more of a goal hunting attacking midfielder.
At the end, his productivity was no where near the wages he wanted, and the contract was rightfully pulled. I appreciate how he helped the club and his accomplishments, but it was time both parted ways.
It was just a loan move we attempted to sign him on not permanent which caused the deal fail because they insisted on 18 month deal so why push for him now when he’s not even in top form.