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Barcelona stuck waiting on Arthur deal after negotiations stop

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Barcelona have long been interested in Gremio midfielder Arthur. So interested in fact that the Gremio player was pictured wearing a Barcelona jersey after meeting with the club late last year.

But any potential move is reportedly on hold until at least next January. Gremio club president Romildo Bolzan Jr. made it pretty clear that the negotiations have stopped for the foreseeable future.

“At this moment it’s [transfer talks] stopped,” Bolzan told UOL Esporte. “But I can tell you that all the ideas are Arthur will stay with us until December.

“All parties agree that it is more or less agreed that Arthur will stay until the end of 2018 if the negotiations are completed. I repeat, if they are completed.”

Romildo Bolzan Jr. | Source

It seems that Bolzan is no rush to let Arthur leave, even though he has a reported €50 million release clause. It seems that even if Barcelona can agree a deal it may still be some time before the Brazilian arrives at Camp Nou.