Manchester United monitoring 21-year-old Gremio midfielder Arthur Melo, drawing interest from Barcelona

by Harry Robinson

Manchester United are continuing to monitor young Brazilian midfielder Arthur.

The 21-year-old plays for Gremio in Brazil and is drawing attention from other top European sides as well as Man United, including Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

Arthur has been a key part of Gremio’s side as they’ve reached the Copa Libertadores final. They’ll play Lanus later in November for the continent’s biggest club title.

His good form for club saw him earn a senior call-up for Brazil in their final couple of FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers. He’s yet to make his senior debut, though, despite representing his country frequently at under-17 and under-20 levels.

Arthur’s chance at Gremio came under ex-Chelsea and Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, playing 45 minutes in January 2015. That was simply a taste, though, because Arthur didn’t play against until the season after.

The creative midfielder has come into his own since being given a sustained chance of first-team football. He’s played 36 times for Gremio, almost all of those appearances coming in the 2017 season where he has been a vital figure in the side.

His importance hasn’t been unrecognised clearly, with Arthur previously linked to Barcelona. There is no suggestion in Wednesday evening’s report from the Daily Mail of how much United would have to pay for Arthur, but with competition from other European sides, it’s unlikely to be a cheap deal.

However, he is seen as one of the future components of Brazil’s national side, and is clearly impressing United scouts in Brazil.

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