Arthur Melo has refused to rejoin Barcelona teammates for the remainder of the season. The 23-year-old traveled to Brazil after his coach granted the players break. Arthur will move to Juventus once this season wraps up in a matter of weeks with Pjanic joining Barca in a swap deal.
Barcelona may have to play the rest of the season without Arthur Melo after his refusal to return to Camp Nou from his home country. The Brazilian midfielder has already completed a move to Juventus this summer with Miralem Pjanic moving the other way in a swap deal. Juve only added a sum of €10 million in bonuses to the deal that saw the 23-year-old join the Italian League champions.
Having lost the Spanish League title to rivals Real Madrid, coach Quique Setien was said to have afforded his players some time off and the attacker returned to his home country to rest. Report claim he was expected back at the club this week ahead of preparations for the second leg of the last-16 tie against Napoli on August 8. But he has notified the club that he will not return. The club has informed him he will be breaching the codes of his contract which is expected to attract fines and sanction.
For clarity see the tweets below
Arthur Melo is fed up. He can't take it anymore. He feels neglected since his move to Juventus was announced, and will do whatever it takes to rescind his Barça contract. [sport] pic.twitter.com/4iDHsdOBeB
— barcacentre (@barcacentre) July 27, 2020
📰 — Arthur Melo does not want to play for Barcelona again. He does not think that there is a point in returning for a team which is not run by the coach. [sport] pic.twitter.com/FZeYECkHGz
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) July 27, 2020
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