Both Liverpool and Juventus were adamant that the deal for Arthur Melo had no obligation for the Reds to purchase the midfielder, nor that a fee had been agreed but one Italian document suggests otherwise, as has since been confirmed by James Pearce on Twitter.
Juventus statement says loan fee for Arthur is €4.5m and #LFC have option to buy for €37.5m next summer. Earlier had looked like just being a straight loan.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) September 1, 2022
The Brazilian will spend the remainder of this season on loan at Anfield and it was revealed by his parent club that the loan fee for the player will cost us €4.5 million and that we can buy the player outright for €37.5 million – a fee payable over two years.
It’s strange that both clubs were not willing to confirm this but that this document was quickly released as the deal was finalised and the 26-year-old was announced as our player for this campaign.
When the midfielder also posted his thanks to the Italian club on his social media pages, it seemed like a definitive break from Turin – not a ‘see you all in a year’.
The Old Lady also wrote on their club website: ‘We wish Arthur all the best on his new adventure, and thank him for these two years together’.
It’s now over to the former Barcelona man, he has been handed a great opportunity to impress on Merseyside and if this works – then we could get him on an affordable fee.
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Paying just over £16 million in two installments could prove to be a fantastic deal, let’s hope we see our new No.29 take this opportunity with both hands.