Liverpool managed to get some Deadline Day business done with the season-long loan signing of Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo, and a new update has since emerged on a potential permanent deal.
What’s the latest?
Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has given a more detailed insight to the deal between the two clubs concerning the Brazil international, which includes a £32.3m purchase option.
The Italian journalist tweeted: “Liverpool will have €37.5m buy option clause for Arthur in June, not mandatory – LFC have negotiated with Juve the possibility of paying the clause in two years.”
“Arthur has already agreed the potential, future contract in case LFC will trigger the clause.”
It’s another Liverpool masterclass
Melo was brought in during the final hours of the transfer window after Jordan Henderson sustained a hamstring injury against Newcastle United last Wednesday, but the panic signing could turn out to be another Liverpool masterclass if the 26-year-old makes a positive impact in the team.
The Reds are currently experiencing a midfield injury crisis, with Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones and now the club captain all sustaining fitness problems over the season so far, and the acquisition of Melo couldn’t have come at a better time.
Liverpool will start their Champions League campaign after falling short in the final to Real Madrid last season and will be hoping that their poor Premier League form doesn’t leak into their European challenge against Napoli on Wednesday night.
Melo will surely be in contention to make his debut in the famous red shirt on the European stage this week after he was spotted on the bench and warming up in the Merseyside derby; and after a disappointing 0-0 draw at Everton, the 26-year-old could be exactly what Jurgen Klopp needs in the middle of the park against Napoli.
Although Thiago has reportedly returned to full training this week, it would be surprising to see him go straight back in the squad after just two days on the grass, so Melo could be the perfect player to replace the Spaniard’s incredible passing range in the midfield three.
The Brazilian ranks in the top 10% of positional peers across the top five European leagues for passes attempted and pass completion, whilst ranking in the top 20% for progressive passes and carries over the last 12 months, proving that he is somewhat of a pass master himself who can cover Thiago’s role in the team.
The signing of Melo could really pay off for Klopp, for if he can quickly integrate into the team, make a positive impact in midfield and thrive in the German’s system at Anfield, Liverpool could be onto a winner with their potential permanent agreement in place for next summer.