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Arthur confirms Barcelona meeting but ‘I did not sign anything’

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The midfielder has met with club officials

Gremio v Lanus - Copa Bridgestone Libertadores 2017 Final Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Gremio player Arthur discussed his meeting with Barcelona recently. At the Brazilian top flight awards ceremony Arthur went into detail about events and talked about his contract situation.

"On the Barcelona topic, they spoke with me," he said. "We had a meeting but I want to say that nothing is agreed, there is nothing defined, I did not sign anything, I'm a Gremio player.

"While we did not start to negotiate, if I did sign the contract, yes, I would be a Barcelona player. But that did not happen.

"It would have to be something good for me and good for Gremio, which is my home, where everything started. I arrived at 14 years old, I have a Gremio heart, my blood is blue.

"It was just a first contact so they could meet my family and get to know them, we will take everything calmly. There's nothing defined but yes, we had a conversation."

Arthur | Source

Club officials including Robert Fernandez were pictured with Arthur, wearing a Barcelona shirt, at the end of last week.

It is understood that Arthur has a €50 million release clause and it certainly sounds as though the club are seriously contemplating bringing him to Camp Nou.