Talks between Juventus and Arsenal for the Arthur Melo loan appear to have been abandoned due to the Premier League side’s chiefs refusing Edu’s request, claims The Athletic.
There were already multiple reports in Italy that we were seeing no progress at all in the negotiations over the last 48 hours.
Juve are only prepared to let Arthur leave on an 18-month loan with option to buy, or a six-month loan if there is an obligation to buy for circa €40m.
Now The Athletic maintain Arsenal technical director Edu was prepared to accept those terms for an 18-month loan, but when he asked the Premier League side’s financial chiefs, they refused.
The negotiations have now been essentially abandoned, with former Barcelona player Arthur remaining in Turin.
Instead, Juventus hope to off-load Rodrigo Bentancur to Aston Villa on a permanent transfer, although here too talks are stuttering over the €20-25m valuation of the Uruguay international.
Arsenal’s hopes of signing Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus appear to be diminishing after the Premier League club declined to enter formal negotiations on the terms their Italian counterparts are seeking for the midfielder.
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) January 26, 2022