Arthur Melo has released a statement on speculation of a potential move to Juventus. “My plans are clear: the only option that interests me is staying at Barcelona.”
Reports in Spain and Italy suggested Barca were ready to swap him with Miralem Pjanic, even allowing Juve to speak directly with the Brazilian in order to convince him.
However, it doesn’t seem as if that is going to work, as the 23-year-old is adamant.
“There is always going to be speculation around the transfer market, but my plans are clear: the only option that interests me is staying at Barcelona,” wrote Arthur in a statement released to the media.
“I feel calm and relaxed on that front. I am very happy here and want to thank the club and coaching staff for their faith in me. This is one more reason for me to say in totally clear fashion that my desire is to continue with Barcelona.”
Although Juventus were seen as the favourites, Arthur was also targeted by Inter, PSG and Manchester United.
“The theoretic interest from big clubs represents a compliment and a positive sign, but in my mind I have only one thing: staying here for many years. Barca are a team I always wanted to play for and my intention is to continue wearing the Blaugrana jersey for a long time.”
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