Juventus are willing to lower Liverpool’s buy-clause for Arthur Melo at the end of this season.
That’s according to Calciomercato, who claim that Juve will ‘review’ the terms they agreed with Liverpool at the start of the month.
The Italians are said to be desperate for Arthur not to return to them. As a result, Liverpool could sign him for less than previously thought.
The 26-year-old is yet to play any Premier League minutes for Liverpool. After working on his fitness over the international break, he could be in Saturday’s squad to face Brighton.
Arthur desperate to make things stick at Liverpool
From what we’ve seen of Arthur so far, he’s just as desperate to avoid returning to Juve as they are to have him back.
The Brazilian looks to be doing everything he can to get match ready for Liverpool. As well as playing for the U21 side over the international break, he has reportedly hired a physiotherapist, a fitness coach and a nutritionist to work with him.
It remains to be seen whether he can do enough to impress Jurgen Klopp, but he’s certainly trying.
As things stand, Liverpool would have to pay around £32m to sign Arthur permanently. While a relatively decent price, it’s not something that the Reds would pay without thought.
For them to trigger that, Arthur would have to show that he could fit into Klopp’s midfield without any question marks.
But if Juventus were to lower that figure it might become too good to turn down. Even if Arthur isn’t perfect, if he could be brought in as a squad player on the cheap, he could be worth the risk.
There is a certain amount of intrigue around whether or not the Brazil international will make the grade or not. He’s certainly been proving his quality whilst with the U21s.
Coach Barry Lewtas called his performance in training with the youngsters ‘first-class’ last week via the Liverpool Echo. If he can translate that to the first-team he just might get the chance to stick around.