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Barcelona in Brazil to talk Arthur and Rodrygo - Report

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Barcelona have reportedly sent general manager Pep Segura back to Brazil for talks over Arthur and Rodrygo Goes.

The club already have an option to bring in Arthur and they’ve decided they want the midfielder to join the club this summer.

However, convincing Gremio to part with him now, rather than in the winter, looks to be the tricky part, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The clubs had originally discussed Arthur joining in January 2019, but that was before Barcelona knew Andres Iniesta was leaving and they thought he’d carry on for another year.

While they’ve brought in Philippe Coutinho and also plan to promote Carles Alena, they also want Arthur in place for next season too.

Another reason for their haste is the experience of Yerry Mina arriving in January. The Colombian has struggled to adjust and Barca don’t want the same thing to happen to Arthur.

Segura will also head to Santos while he’s in Brazil to talk about starlet Rodrygo. The youngster is also wanted by Manchester City and PSG, so Barcelona don’t want to miss out.

They have already had promising talks with the 17-year-old’s camp apparently, but will now try to agree some sort of deal with Santos.

Barcelona would be willing for Rodrygo to stay at Santos until 2020 before making the move to La Liga.