Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke about the Arthur case in a newspaper interview Sport. The Catalan president considers that the attitude of the Brazilian midfielder, who has declared himself in rebellion after his transfer to Juventus and has ruled himself out for the rest of the season with the team to which he still belongs, “is a lack of respect for teammates and the club “. He added that Barça decided to sell him because he could not renew him for the amounts he demanded: “He told us that he had a better offer, we could not match it, he decided to leave and then the operation was launches “.
Sources close to the player consulted by ARA deny the version put forward by Bartomeu and emphasize that Arthur only started negotiating with Juve, who will pay him a much higher salary than he receives at Barça, when he received permission from azulgrana club. In fact, they recall that the Brazilian repeated actively and passively that he had no intention of leaving the club and that he left for the football reluctantly, after they pressured him to do so. With this sale, offset by the arrival of Miralem Pjanic, Barça entered 72 million euros plus 10 in variables.
Five days after Arthur’s rebellion spread, Barça maintains through all its channels that there is nothing to negotiate with the player. At the Camp Nou, they understand that the Goiânia midfielder is in breach of his contract and that the only possible way out is to open a disciplinary case against him for his behavior. Meanwhile, however, Arthur’s entourage continues to say there are open talks with the club’s legal services to immediately terminate the contract. In fact, according to these sources, the idea is to reach an agreement before Barça-Napoli next Saturday.