Saturday August 15 2020
Barca won't release Arthur to Juve

Spanish newspaper Sport insists Barcelona disciplinary action against Arthur Melo will continue, so he won’t be freed in time to start pre-season Juventus training on August 24.

The midfielder has already signed for Juve in a deal worth €10m plus Miralem Pjanic, but that is only active from the 2020-21 season.

Arthur refused to take part in the Champions League campaign, which has now concluded after an 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.

Some reports had suggested Arthur therefore agreed an early contract termination, which would allow him to start pre-season training with Juventus from August 24.

However, Sport insist Barcelona won’t let him leave without some remuneration for his behaviour.

They want to impose a heavy fine on the Brazilian, even if that means dragging out his absence from Turin.

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