Fifth signing: Arsenal ‘resume talks’ for long-term target as Mikel Arteta eyes fifth summer transfer

Arsenal have ‘resumed talks’ with Juventus over midfielder Arthur Melo, according to reports. The Gunners have long been linked with the Brazilian, who could be available for a transfer this summer after nearly joining the Premier League side in January. 

The north Londoners have already spent just under £90million on new arrivals in a bid to finally qualify for the Champions League. Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner have all joined Mikel Arteta’s side.

And the Spaniard is seemingly expecting to spend more as he targets fresh midfield reinforcements. The Gunners have frequently chased Brazil international Arthur over the last few years.

According to TuttoMercatoweb, Arsenal have ‘resumed talks’ over a possible transfer for the 25-year-old. Arteta often found that his squad was weak in midfield last term, and they struggled after Thomas Partey suffered an injury towards the end of the campaign.

Arsenal apparently held a strong interest in a transfer in January but a deal could not be reached. The negotiations were confirmed by his agent, Federico Pastorello, who told journalists in May: “In January he was close to leaving and joining Arsenal.

“He is too important a player to be marginalised, he must also think about his situation with the national team. He was signed to play a different style of football, with Maurizio Sarri he would have played Jorginho, Allegri likes him but instead he wants to play with two more physical midfielders.

“It’s a tactical question, and I don’t make the technical choices. But it’s not in anyone’s interest to continue in this situation.”

Arsenal have enjoyed a positive start to pre-season and new £45m signing Jesus has already scored three goals. The Brazilian scored a brace in a 5-3 win over Nurnberg, and scored again in a 2-0 win over Everton in America.



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