Arthur Melo is facing an uncertain future beyond this season with Liverpool opting against keeping him in the Premier League and parent club Juventus looking to ship him out.
That is according to Federico Pastorello; the experienced agent facing one of his toughest challenges as he looks to find a new home for a Brazil international who played only 13 minutes of football during arguably the most ill-fated loan spell in the recent history.
Arthur Melo did not even make a single appearance in the Premier League under Jurgen Klopp. As you might have guessed, Liverpool will not be triggering the £37 million option-to-buy clause in the playmaker’s deal.
“As my contract with Liverpool comes to an end, I would like to thank everyone for all their support over the last season,” a frustrated Arthur wrote on social media this week.
“I want you to know that I will have an eternal gratitude to the club. The fans are undoubtedly one of the most incredible around the world. The emotion of a game at Anfield is really impressive.
“Finally, I would like to thank the entire community of Liverpool and the region for welcoming my family over the last few months. I will always have beautiful memories of the days I lived here. Good luck for the future!”
Where next for Arthur Melo after Liverpool spell?
Arthur will be hoping he too is in line for a bout of ‘good luck’. Fortune certainly hasn’t been on his side of late; a seemingly never-ending spate of fitness issues restricting him to fewer than 30 league starts since the 2019/20 campaign at Barcelona.
The chances of a Juve revival look slim too; Pastorello confirming that his client is ‘not part’ of Massimiliano Allegri’s plans at the Allianz Stadium.
“Yes, of course (he will return to Juventus following his Anfield stint). Liverpool also said so. (But) we will probably have to find another solution because Arthur is not part of Allegri’s plans for technical and tactical reasons,” Pastorello explains to Tuttomercatoweb.
“We will have to take action to find a solution. The injury (at Liverpool) kept him out for four months, and didn’t give him much space (to impress).”
Arthur is one of a number of senior midfielders leaving Liverpool this summer; Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all departing on free transfers.
Progress is being made regarding a deal for Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister but Klopp and co are running into obstacles regarding a number of their other targets, with Jude Bellingham too expensive and Mason Mount agreeing terms at Manchester United.