In Focus: Arthur would be an excellent addition for Mourinho

According to Calciomecarto, Manchester United are prepared to rival Barcelona in the race to sign Gremio’s highly-rated Arthur.

What’s the story?

Reports in Spain state that Barcelona are keen to complete the signing of Arthur from Gremio as soon as possible, while reports in Italy state that United are still hopeful of beating the La Liga leaders to his signature.

The 21-year-old has risen to prominence with Brazilian side, Gremio. In 51 appearances for the club, the midfielder has scored two goals while also lifting the Copa do Brasil and the Copa Libertadores.

It is reported that Jose Mourinho is unhappy with his current midfield options, and he’s eager to sign midfield reinforcement in the summer transfer window.

What will he bring?

Indeed, one of Arthur’s primary talents is his versatility. The Brazilian player can operate as a defensive midfielder, a central midfielder or even as an attacking midfielder – such flexibility is useful for any team.

His most accomplished talent is his passing ability, which he exercises to terrific effect during games. Furthermore, he has developed a tendency to lay off the ball. Without question, he’s an exceedingly talented and promising player.

Does Mourinho need him?

Except for Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, United’s midfield options are either approaching 30 or have already reached 30 years of age. Moreover, Marouane Fellaini is widely expected to depart United at the end of the season. Thus, it is logical for United to sign another midfielder.

At the age of 21, Arthur will provide United’s midfield with youthful exuberance and treasured squad depth. Alongside Paul Pogba, the duo could prove to be an effective long-term partnership for the Red Devils.

Arthur is unequivocally talented and is widely tipped to become a global star, a move for the Brazilian would be excellent business from United’s perspective.