FC Barcelona have urged not to sell one of their stars as it could damage their chances of signing Neymar next season.
Arthur Melo has been linked with a move to Serie A Juventus in recent weeks in a move to help raise funds to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazilian has already come out and silenced those reports while former Barcelona star Rivaldo believes it's important to keep the player, who has a good relationship with Neymar.
“There are lots of rumours about potential Barcelona transfers this summer and some press recently mentioned that Arthur could leave. I believe this is just talk and expect Arthur to stay at the club for many years," Rivaldo told Betfair.
“He hasn't completed two complete seasons there yet. He arrived as the potential successor to Xavi because of his similar style of play, so it makes no sense to sell him when he is just 23 and has his career ahead of him.
“Furthermore, Arthur has a good relationship with Neymar and selling the youngster could harm Barca's chances of bringing Neymar back.
“Of course, a potential Arthur move won't cancel a Neymar deal as he as many other friends at Barcelona. But I think it's important to keep a solid base to the squad and having Arthur could help persuade Neymar to return to the club.”
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