Fabrizio Romano claims Liverpool have already agreed to a permanent contract with Arthur Melo. The Reds currently have him on loan.
Fabrizio Romano moved to update Liverpool fans on Arthur Melo this week. The Brazilian is on loan with the Reds until the end of the season, of course.
Liverpool will have €37.5m buy option clause for Arthur in June, not mandatory – LFC have negotiated with Juve the possibility of paying the clause in two years,” he wrote on Twitter.
Now, we know this is true. Juventus included these facts in their announcement of the deal on deadline day. Liverpool can pay that money over two years, should they decide to sign Arthur permanently.
More interesting is this:
“Arthur has already agreed the potential, future contract in case LFC will trigger the clause.”
If Romano is right, then Liverpool know that Arthur is theirs if they want him. They’ve taken the time to find terms on a contract and we could easily see him become a long-term player for the club.
Arthur agrees Liverpool contract
There’s a long way to go, of course, but we’ve come some way on this. Initial reports suggested Liverpool didn’t have an option to buy Arthur. Now it turns out that they’ve agreed on a contract and simply need to trigger the clause.
We really thought at first that Liverpool were treating Arthur as a temporary, last-resort option. Just someone to tide them over before a big move next summer. That’s how things initially looked.
But it’s clear they do value him highly. They wouldn’t bother to have gone through these negotiations on deadline day if not – this isn’t a loan done on a whim.
And Arthur certainly has the talent to earn a permanent move. He’s one of Europe’s best passers on his day and, hopefully, we get to see that in action against Napoli this week.