Former Barcelona technical director Robert Fernandez has warned the club they will be making a mistake if they decide to sell Arthur in the summer transfer window.
Speculation continues to rage over the Brazilian’s future despite the midfielder having twice insisted he’s not interested in the rumors and wants to stay at the Camp Nou.
Serie A sides Juventus and Inter Milan are both reportedly interested, but Fernandez expects Arthur to stay with the Catalan giants.
“I don’t think Arthur is leaving. We are going through a particular moment where a lot of news is not checked well enough,” he said.
“I sincerely think it would be a mistake if he is sold because he is a young player. When we signed him we paid a large amount due to his qualities, age and projection. We thought he was going to have big growth at Barca and now I think he deserves a better status.
“His first season was good but, after that, he hasn’t been driven towards favourable situations. In addition, he suffered some small injuries which probably made it harder to have continuity in the starting line-up but we are still speaking about a player with huge individual skill, with Barcelona DNA even if he didn’t grow in La Masia.
“He is a player who has everything to become an important player.”
Source | Goal
According to ESPN, Barcelona value Arthur at €60 million and are listening to offers for the midfielder or would even consider using him as part of a player swap.