In Focus: Man United target Arthur Melo is not a Jose Mourinho player

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Manchester United are monitoring Gremio midfielder Arthur Melo but they could face competition for his signature from Premier League rivals Chelsea as well as La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail says that the 21-year-old has been linked with Chelsea, Atletico and Barca in recent weeks following some impressive performances for his team that have helped them reach the final of the Copa Libertadores, while he also earned a call-up to the Brazil national side for their World Cup qualifiers last month – although he failed to win his first cap.

However, now the Daily Mail says the Red Devils are also keen on the midfielder, who has become a key player for his club side.

How well has he done in 2017?

He has been very good and has made 36 appearances in all competitions for Gremio, scoring two goals and providing a further assist.

According to, Melo’s strengths are his passing while he also likes to do lay-offs, with his only weakness being his ability to win aerial duels.

Would he be a good signing for United?

It’s difficult to say.

United certainly haven’t had much luck with South American midfielders over the years when you think back to Juan Sebastian Veron and Kleberson, and the fact that the 21-year-old is 5ft 8in tall would suggest that he isn’t a Mourinho player.

The Portuguese manager has shown that by featuring Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and even Ander Herrera in central midfield that he prefers strength and power, and signing Melo would be completely out of the ordinary in that respect.

Where could he fit in instead?

If United were playing a 3-4-1-2 or 4-2-3-1 system and the 21-year-old was starting then he would be more likely to play in the role behind the strikers – a position that could be being targeted as a weakness by Mourinho following the poor performances of Henrikh Mkhitaryan there in recent weeks.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while United will obviously keep tabs on promising young players all across the world, it seems unlikely that a move for Melo will be on the cards while Mourinho is in charge if he was to play in his usual central or defensive midfield role.