Per multiple reports, Liverpool FC is closing in on a loan deal for Juventus’ Arthur Melo. The midfielder is on his way to Liverpool for a medical, which will help facilitate the deal before the transfer deadline tonight.
The 26-year-old Brazilian international has seemed surplus to requirements under Massimiliano Allegri, and this arrangement will suit both clubs just fine.
Medical scheduled in the afternoon for Arthur Melo as Liverpool and Juventus are closing on final details of loan deal for Brazilian midfielder. NO buy option as things stand #LFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2022
Arthur has accepted right after the first call received by LFC yesterday night. #DeadlineDay pic.twitter.com/ZfyzCL7Chj
So far, Fabrizio Romano has been the only reporter talking about the lack of a buy option in the deal, so we’ll see when the details are finalised.
My initial thoughts on the deal - this is going to be quite underwhelming for many Reds fans, but it was pretty clear that the club wasn’t going to be lining up a blockbuster deal. Arthur himself is sort of an interesting reclamation project.
ARTHUR AT JUVENTUS— ℝ (@EuroExpert_) November 16, 2021
Well remember those statistics about Arthur's difference in 19/20? This really is going to hammer home the damning misuse of Arthur Melo.
Take a look at his output p90 across all seasons in Europe. Notice anything? That attacking output has dwindled pic.twitter.com/Tbpj5hsZfg
He’s a technically-gifted, press-resistant player who possesses great vision, a good presser, and semi-decent athleticism at the position. Despite a somewhat undeserved reputation for sideways passing, his best years were at Barcelona, especially the 19/20 season, where he was allowed to both progressively carry and pass the ball. Unfortunately as @EuroExpert_ points out, he got replaced by Frenkie de Jong, who just happens to be better at those things, and has been moved around a lot position-wise. As a result, his attacking numbers have fallen off quite a bit.
What he clearly won’t be is a defensively-minded midfielder who plays deep, which seems to be what Pirlo and Allegri have done with him before quickly giving up on. Liverpool should look to keep him in the middle of the park to the final third, where his ball retention and creativity can be utilised.
Arthur Melo is physically 100% and is convinced Klopp style will suit him much more than Allegri's (as it happened with Thiago).— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) September 1, 2022
He jumped to the chance to move. He was accused of too many conservative passes with #FCB but the team lacked depth. Key: time to adaptation to pace pic.twitter.com/mpUtwTe6Kd
According to Guillem Balague, the player seems to agree as well. I could see him being utilised like a mesh between a diet version of Thiago with some Gini Wijnaldum, with his primary role being to help the team keep and control the ball better in the attacking phase of the game. He’s been somewhat injury-prone in his career so far. Whilst he hasn’t had a significant injury, he often seems to pick up knocks and there... so he’ll fit right in.
This allows Liverpool to get a body in, and address some needs, while not spending a significant outlay now, preserving their chips for an expected pursuit of Jude Bellingham next summer.