Reports: Barca Talks With Top Target Break Down
Reports: FC Barcelona Talks With Top Target Break Down
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.
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.
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.
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