Multiple reports suggest Arsenal are edging closer to signing Arthur Melo from Juventus on loan, but the player won’t be available against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
Charles Watts reports that Arsenal are hoping talks with Juventus today will help to move the loan forward, with the player pushing for it.
Arthur reportedly sees the Premier League as the best in the hold and want the move done quickly, but he and Arsenal are still waiting on Juventus’ approval.
The Evening Standard report that Arsenal have indicated they would be willing to cover Arthur’s wages in full, with a straight loan appearing the most likely option.
Fabrizio Romano reiterates this claim, stating that there’s no obligation to buy clause included in the current negotiations. But Juventus are unwilling to accept until they find a replacement.
The Telegraph report that Arsenal are hopeful Arthur will be arriving soon, but not in time for the North London derby.
Unfortunately, the player would have had to be registered by midday on Friday to feature in the derby, so it’s already too late.
Over in Brazil, they’re running a slightly different version of the story, with Globo Esporte reporting that Arsenal would have an option to buy in the loan deal.
As of now, they seem to be the only outlet suggesting it’s not just a straight loan.
There’s still a chance Arsenal can get the deal done in time for the League Cup semi-final second leg at the Emirates Stadium next Thursday, which would be a boost to the team’s chances of reaching the final. For now, the waiting game continues.