It will be hard to keep Barcelona target Arthur, admits Gremio coach Renato

ShareClose Comments
The midfielder is expected to seal a move to Camp Nou in the new year after coming to prominence in his current club's Libertadores-winning side

Gremio coach Renato Gaucho has admitted that Arthur Melo is unlikely to stay at the club beyond 2017. 

The 21-year-old midfielder was one of the stars of the Copa Libertadores for El Tricolor, helping the side take their third-ever title over Lanus. 

But those sterling displays have come at a price, as he has caught the eye of Barcelona in recent weeks. 

And after Arthur, who will not take part in the Club World Cup due to injury, was snapped in a Barcelona jersey his coach believes his days at Gremio may be numbered. 

"The pressure has been huge, that's normal. Will he continue? Sincerely, I find that difficult to see," Renato explained to reporters.

"It makes us happy to have a player that's being watched by European sides.

Article continues below

"Maybe we don't have a player of his quality but we have others who can replace him. He's helped us a lot, but I think it will be hard to keep him."

Without Arthur, Gremio kick off their Club World Cup campaign in the semi-finals on December 12 with a clash against either Pachuca or Wydad Casablanca. 

A final against Real Madrid could be the prize for the Brazilian club, who will count on the talents of Luan for the competition even if their midfield prodigy is absent.

Next article:
Ferdinand challenges Mourinho to unleash Pogba at United
Next article:
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Chelsea enter Milinkovic-Savic race
Next article:
Mbappe: I'm staying at PSG
Next article:
'Putin one of the greatest' - UFC star McGregor praises Russia president after World Cup final
Next article:
How Adil Rami's moustache became France's bizarre lucky World Cup charm
Close