Crystal Palace now want to sign Arthur from Juventus – although the Eagles face competition from Premier League rivals Wolves.
That is according to Calcio Mercato.
What’s the story?
Well, the Italian news outlet believe Selhurst Park is a potential destination for the Brazil international this summer, as Juventus attempt to offload him.
Arthur spent the 2022/23 campaign on loan at Liverpool, where he struggled after suffering a torn quad almost immediately after arriving at Anfield.
The South American only went on to make one appearance for the Reds all season, and now, Juventus are keen to find him a new home after Massimiliano Allegri decided not to include him in his plans for the 2023/24 campaign.
Calciomercato believe Jorge Mendes is working on a deal to get Arthur to Wolves on a season-long loan.
However, Crystal Palace could pinch the 26-year-old from those at Molineux, according to the Italian news outlet.
Crystal Palace should avoid move for Arthur
In our view, we would be foolish to make a move for Arthur.
Roy Hodgson already has a settled midfield in Cheick Doucoure, Jefferson Lerma and Eberechi Eze, with Will Hughes, Jeffrey Schlupp, Jairo Riedewald and Naouirou Ahamada able to provide competition.
There is no denying that Arthur is a talented player – in fact, Lionel Messi even said he reminded him of Xavi.
The Argentina international told Marca: “Arthur surprised me. He really reminds me of Xavi’s style.”
However, we simply have no need for the Brazilian at Crystal Palace.
Arthur also earns £126,000-a-week, which adds another reason for Dougie Freedman to avoid him.
Hopefully, we can feast on some concrete links to a new striker or right-back soon, as those are the areas we must improve, rather than the central midfield department.