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Reports: Barca Talks With Top Target Break Down

Reports: FC Barcelona Talks With Top Target Break Down

By David Kappel - Mar 07, 2018 01:54 PM @kappilinho

FC Barcelona were understood to be close to agreeing a deal for one their top targets for the upcoming transfer window, but new reports suggest that talks have broken down.

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The Catalan giants want to add Brazilian midfielder Arthur to their squad, and he was reportedly close to agreeing a deal with the Blaugrana.

Directors of his club Gremio, a club lawyer and Arthur's agent Jorge Machado all travelled to Barcelona to conclude the transfer, but talks with Barca representatives have broken down, according to Marca.

It is believed the negotiations stalled because of several reasons, including commission payments and the player's salary.

Another major stumbling block is said to be the club's non-European players quota, which is currently filled by Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina.

Coutinho has reportedly applied for a Portuguese passport, for which he qualifies via his wife, in order to free up one of the non-EU spots. However, it is yet to be seen whether or not he will be granted dual citizenship.

Read: Barca Star Reveals Why He Went On Strike To Force Transfer

Barring any significant change in tune, Gremio's representatives will return home without an agreement, which could open the door for other clubs to make approaches for Arthur.

Do you think Barca need another strong central midfielder? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Golden Boots Mar 07, 2018 04:31 PM
He'll sign for Barça when it's all said and done, mark my words!

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