Barcelona have agreed a deal with Brazilian side Gremio to sign midfielder Arthur for a fee that could rise to 39 million euros.
The Catalans can, in July, sign the 21-year-old playmaker in July 2018 if they wish to follow through with the deal.
“In the event that the club finally exercises the option signed, the price of the transfer is set at 30 million euros plus 9 million euros in variable amounts,” said Barcelona.
“Arthur is a midfielder who is known for his passing ability. Another of his qualities is his ability to lose his man, a factor that makes him a danger close to the opponents’ area. The Brazilian is excellent at protecting the ball and can come up with the final pass in the final third.
“The Brazilian started his career in 2008 in the youth teams at Goiás Esporte Clube before moving on to Porto Alegre club Gremio in 2010. Arthur made his way to the first team under coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. Little by little he become a vital figure in the team that won the Copa Libertadores in 2017 in which he was named man of the match in the second leg of the final against Argentine side Lanus.”