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Arthur explains why he was photographed wearing a Barcelona shirt

Corinthians v Gremio - Brasileirao Series A 2017 Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images

Arthur has opened up about THAT photograph of the Gremio midfielder wearing a Barcelona shirt.

The photograph was leaked some weeks ago but that has not stopped speculation which continues to link him with a move to Camp Nou.

Real Madrid and Chelsea are also reportedly interested but Arthur does say he’d like to play for the Blaugrana.

"My agent told me that some directors from Barcelona would come to Porto Alegre to get to know me. There's always this first contact, but it's in good faith, nothing to hide from Gremio,” he said.

“In the middle of the lunch, they offered me a Barcelona shirt. Who doesn't want to wear the Barça shirt and play for them?

“It was a photograph that shouldn't have come out. But it's been cleared up. Gremio have my economic rights. If there's an official offer, they will have to speak with Gremio.

“If it's a good offer, then they will speak with me to reach an agreement. Until then, there's nothing official.

"All players dream of playing for Barcelona. My first dream was to sign for a big club in Brazil, with an identity.

“My dream was to play for Gremio as a professional, for everything I've been through here. When things work out well and other big clubs are interested, it's gratifying.

“They didn't talk about wages, they didn't make me an offer... thet just wanted to meet my family."

“They treated me well. They were affectionate with me. I have a contract with Gremio, though. Only if there's an offer and Gremio accept, will I be at Barcelona in January. I would never leave through the back door."

Source | Sport

So there we have it. Will Arthur arrive in January? Who knows, but it certainly seems as though he’s fairly tempted by a move to Barca.

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