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Arthur has told Barcelona not to listen to any offer amid Juventus links

Arthur has addressed the club this week to inform them that his intention is to continue at Camp Nou, according to MD.

Arthur doesn’t want to move from Barça. The Brazilian believes that he has continuity in the squad and does not propose a change, even if Juventus knock on his door. The Italian club have insisted the most but the midfielder, signed in summer 2018, has already said ‘no’.

Arthur’s environment informed Barça this week of his intention not to listen to any offer.

The Barça player uses many arguments. The main one is that he still has a contract until 2024 and that he sees himself as being useful and important in the team. In addition, he is following an intensive physical and sports training plan to leave behind some problems that have prevented him from performing at his level.

There are also extra-positive things. Arthur is very comfortable living in Barcelona. He is learning Catalan and his girlfriend is also from Barcelona. Contrary to the rumors that placed him away from Camp Nou, the Brazilian already declared a few days ago in Italy, to La Gazzetta dello Sport, that “I see me for many years playing in Barcelona.”


Juventus and Barcelona discusses Pjanic-Arthur swap

Juventus and Barcelona propose an exchange of players, with Pjanic going to Barcelona & Arthur to Turin, claims RAC 1.
The coronavirus crisis can lead to a new way of face the transfer market. Large-scale economic investment can be relegated to barter. Players who, for whatever reason, have a difficult fit in their current club can change their air through the exchange.

Miralem Pjanic is in a new position at Juventus. The Bosnian midfielder, once untouchable for the ‘Vecchia signora’, has for days sounded like a possible transfer of the Italian club, with PSG on the horizon. However, there may be other options. According to RAC-1, Juventus is already in talks with Barcelona to try to negotiate a swap. According to information from RAC-1, Arthur, who barely fulfills the second season of his contract at Barcelona, which expires in 2024, would be the player who wants Juve to give out Pjanic.

In Italy, it is noted that his relationship with Maurizio Sarri, technician of Juve, has long been eroded and hence is already admitted as a plausible solution to open the door. Another thing is that Barça, who once became interested in Pjanic, agrees to exchange a 23-year-old player with plenty of offers on his horizon for a 30-year-old footballer.


Arthur pleased By Inter’s link but targets long-term Barca stay

Arthur is in his second season at Camp Nou and has no desire to leave Barcelona, despite reported interest from Serie A giants Inter.

Barcelona star Arthur feels honoured to be linked with a move to Inter but has ruled out the prospect.

The Brazilian midfielder is in his second season at Barca, whom he joined from Gremio for an initial €31 million.

He has been frequently involved in the first team’s push for LaLiga and Champions League success, so can see no cause to leave Camp Nou.

Arthur has been suggested in reports as a possible makeweight in a future Barca move for Lautaro Martinez, the Inter and Argentina forward.

But he told La Gazzetta dello Sport heading to Italy to join Antonio Conte’s team at this juncture was not part of his career plan.

Arthur said: “For any player it is an honour to have your name linked with such an important and world-renowned club as Inter, and with a great coach and an impressive squad.

“However, my head is only thinking of Barcelona, I am very comfortable with the club and the city, and honestly I see myself with the Blaugrana for many years.”


Inter reportedly want ‘non-transferable’ Arthur as part of Lautaro deal

Inter have their priorities sorted. The Nerazzurri would accept Barcelona’s cash-plus-players offer for Lautaro Martinez. The Italians have already listed a number of candidates they would like to sign from the Catalan giants.

Sources outlines Arthur who first appeared on Inter’s radar one month ago. The Brazilian midfielder is wanted by Inter’s head coach Antonio Conte who considers the player to be a great technical and dynamic asset to the current squad.

However, Barcelona have reportedly declared Arthur non-transferable, according to both Mundo Deportivo and Diario Sport. The Catalans wouldn’t allow him to leave regardless of the expected offers.

Nelson Semedo and Junior Firpo remain the potential alternatives, Gazzetta add.

Moreover, the Italians are also interested in two Barca’s loanees, Carles Alena and Marc Cucurella. The former is currently at Real Betis while the latter is enjoying a breakthrough season at Getafe.

Finally, Inter reportedly proposed Barca a bold Lautaro Martinez-Antoine Griezmann swap deal which the Catalans completely ruled out.

Lautaro has long been linked with Barcelona. He has a €111m release clause which Barca are reportedly trying to lower.


Arthur: Barcelona’s new Xavi? Quique Setien is already his admirer

Barcelona’s defeat to Real Madrid was a disappointment for Quique Setien as he attempts to convince everyone his back to the future approach – restoring the club’s famed focus on a passing game – is the best way to bring the glory days back to Barcelona.

But even after the late goals that took the game away from his team in the Bernabeu last month, it is understood Setien took heart from one particular performer in Barca’s midfield.

Arthur’s display only served to convince Setien that he is on the right path.

The Brazil international completed 44 passes in the first half in Madrid – more than any other midfielder on the pitch. Just as had been the case in Barcelona’s only other league defeat under Setien, away to Valencia in January, his belief in Arthur’s potential was a source of optimism.

“He is an extraordinary footballer who understands everything,” says the Barcelona boss.

He sees the 23-year-old playmaker as the long-term solution.

Setien is not alone.

“He is very safe and trustworthy,” says Lionel Messi of his team-mate. “He has the La Masia style.”

Xavi agrees. “He is one of those players that we say has the Barca DNA.”

The praise from Messi had Arthur giddily rushing to get his phone from his pocket to search online and find out precisely what the Argentine had been saying about him.

But it is the praise from Xavi that might yet prove more significant and not just because the former Barcelona captain has been strongly tipped to return as coach before too long.

Xavi, even more so than Messi and the much loved Andres Iniesta, is seen as the epitome of the Barcelona way. The man who turned the rondo into much more than a pre-match drill but a way of winning matches.

Time and again, Xavi has namechecked Arthur as his heir.

It is no surprise Xavi should see his own reflection in Arthur. There is an uncanny likeness on the pitch. They share the same posture. There are echoes of the great man in his shielding of the ball and his subsequent use of it – circulating possession, probing away.

The sheer numbers show the similarity in style too.

Last season, his first at the club following his move from Gremio, Arthur averaged 80 passes per 90 minutes. That was more than his new Barcelona team-mate Sergio Busquets

In fact, against Valencia he attempted more passes – 142 – than any La Liga player had away from home in almost six years. That player? Xavi, of course.

It is a remarkable statistic given the accepted wisdom is that Ernesto Valverde’s more pragmatic approach was not such an obvious fit for Barcelona’s pass masters.

It is Setien, after his much lauded work at Real Betis, who is regarded as a more appropriate keeper of the flame – and the early signs for Arthur have been encouraging.

In Setien’s first game in charge, the 1-0 win over Granada in January, Barcelona attempted more than 1,000 passes – far more than in any game under Valverde. More than any team other than Pep Guardiola’s Barca have ever recorded since Opta started counting, in fact.

With Setien’s Barcelona, there is a conspicuous effort to restore those values.

And that suits Arthur.

He came on in the 82nd minute of that Granada game. By the full-time whistle he had completed more passes than all but one of his opponents had managed in the entire match.

Even in what has been a stop-start season due to injury, and one not without its complications for Barcelona, Arthur ranks among the top players in the passing stats.

He is in the top six for passes completed in the final third per 90 minutes and, most intriguingly, ranks second for lay-off passes. That is defined as a first time pass away from goal when there is pressure on the passer. This combination play with Jordi Alba at left-back suggests there is something of the Iniesta about Arthur as well as his Xavi connection.

There is an awareness too that he must do more. That this is a prediction about his potential as much as it is a statement about his quality. Again, there are signs he recognises this.

For example, Arthur’s reaction to his recent injury issues was to hire a specialist fitness coach so he could do additional work at home. Even before the lockdown in Spain, he had implemented his own physical plan to improve his conditioning and become stronger.

He is also taking classes to learn the Catalan language.

It is the sort of attitude Barcelona will need if the team is to be upwardly mobile again. Where there is Messi there is hope, but the lesson of recent times is that more is required.

Arthur’s burgeoning partnership with Frenkie de Jong brings that something more. What is clear is that both are seen as an essential components of the club’s future.

The new Xavi? Arthur could help restore the old Barcelona.


Barca sense the offers for Arthur will arrive but he is non-transferable

Barça sense that proposals will arrive in the summer for Arthur but will say ‘no’ to all. The Brazilian is an important part of Setién’s project, according to Sport.

Barça suspect that when the summer market opens, at any time, an offer for Arthur will arrive at the club’s offices, either alone or as part of an operation by some other player. The Catalan club has it clear. It will say ‘no’ and it does so quite a few months before, to MD queries. The Brazilian midfielder is non-transferable and one of the pillars of Barça of the future.


Ohanaeze Ndigbo mourn Dr. Arthur’s death

Pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Anambra State Government, yesterday expressed shock over the death of Dr. Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo, founder of Forth Dimension Publishing Company and pro-democracy activist.

In a statement by Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Mazi Chuks Ibegbu and made available to journalists in Enugu yesterday said the passing on of Nwankwo was “a devastating incident to Ndigbo, Nigeria, Africa and the world.”

The statement also described chieftain of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) as “an intellectual giant, writer, activist statesman and political philosopher.

“The likes of Dr. Arthur Nwankwo come to our space rarely. Ohanaeze mourn this intellectual giant thinker and philosopher.”

Also, Anambra State in a statement in Awka yesterday by Commissioner for Information, Mr. C. Don Adinuba, described Nwankwo’s passage as painful and glorious.

It reads: “Painful because Nwankwo was one of the few people in the world who should never die.

“Glorious because he was able to achieve so much for not just his country but also humanity.

“He was a most accomplished publisher, poet, novelist, historian, political scientist, pan Africanist, activist and fighter for justice.

“Worried about the dearth of indigenous publishing firms in Africa in the early 1970s, Dr. Nwankwo, together with Dr. Sam Ifejika, with whom he co-authored a popular book on the Nigerian Civil War in 1969, established a firm named Nwamife Publishers Ltd in Enugu, which published not only books on the war but also works by such scintillating scholars as Professor Ben Nwabueze, Africa’s most influential scholar of constitutional law.

“With Dr. Ifejika’s relocation to Canada, Dr Nwankwo started his own personal firm, Fourth Dimension Publishers, also in Enugu, in the late 1980s.

“Fourth Dimension published almost two thousand highly respected books in various genres, ranging from fiction to literary criticism to history to religion to philosophy to political science to sociology to poetry to physical and biological sciences to autobiography to law and so on.

“It was, indeed, a thing of honour for scholars around Africa to be published by Fourth Dimension. And through Fourth Dimension, many academics attained the professorial rank in the universities.

Nwankwo, pro-democacy activist, and former publisher of Outlook Newspapers Enugu, passed on Saturday afternoon after a brief illness. He was 77.

Nwankwo, who was also the founder of Eastern Mandate Union (EMU), passed on at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu, according to sources close to the family.

The pro-democracy activist was among those that fought so hardest return Nigeria to democratic rule after protracted battle that saw the military retreat to the barracks.

In his lifetime, Nwankwo authored many books and mentored several young people that had turned out to be prominent members of the society.