Juventus reportedly blocked Arsenal’s move to sign Arthur Melo in January because Tottenham signed Rodrigo Bentancur late in the transfer window, according to UOL.
The Gunners were keen on bringing in Arthur, 25, over the winter to bolster Mikel Arteta’s options in midfield for the second half of the campaign.
Arsenal planned to sign the Brazilian on an 18-month loan deal from Juventus with a view to making the move a permanent one further down the line (Daily Mail).
However, with just days of the window remaining, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano issued an update explaining that talks between both clubs reached an impasse before breaking down.
And Brazilian outlet UOL has now outlined why Arthur’s move to Arsenal collapsed, explaining that Juventus stopped the move from happening after Spurs signed fellow midfielder Bentancur.
The report notes that Arthur had been convinced of the move by Arsenal chief Edu Gaspar before the Bianconeri stepped in and blocked it from happening as they did not want to offload two midfielders late in the window without finding replacements.
Spurs signed Bentancur in a deal worth up to £21.3 million (The Athletic) and he played a vital role in helping the club seal a return to the Champions League, coincidentally at the expense of Arsenal.
The Uruguay international joined alongside former Juventus teammate Dejan Kulusevski on deadline day and quickly cemented a place in Antonio Conte’s midfield next to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
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Whether this story is completely true or not, Spurs will be happy that they managed to acquire Bentancur having seen the impact he has made.
He has gone somewhat under the radar given Kulusevski’s contributions, but his impact cannot be understated given he and Hojbjerg have brought the best out of each other.
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