Barcelona complete signing of Arthur from Gremio for £27.5m

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Barcelona completed the £27.5million signing of midfielder Arthur from Brazilian club Gremio


Barcelona complete signing of Arthur from Gremio for £27.5m as La Liga champions unveil new arrival with bizarre talking football video

  • Midfielder Arthur will sign a six-year contract with a buy-out clause of £350m
  • The La Liga side welcomed Arthur with a bizarre talking football video on Twitter 
  • Arthur starred in Gremio team which won Copa do Brasil and Copa Libertadores 

Mark Staniforth, Press Association Sport

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Kate Mcgreavy For Mailonline

Barcelona have completed the £27.5million signing of midfielder Arthur from Brazilian club Gremio.

The Catalan giants announced the news on their official website, confirming the player will sign a six-year contract with a buy-out clause of £350m. 

In a statement the club said: ‘FC Barcelona and Gremio de Porto Alegre have agreed the transfer of the player Arthur Henrique Ramos de Oliveira Melo, following the agreement the two clubs reached in March.

Barcelona completed the £27.5million signing of midfielder Arthur from Brazilian club Gremio

Barcelona completed the £27.5million signing of midfielder Arthur from Brazilian club Gremio

The La Liga side welcomed Arthur with a bizarre talking football video on Twitter on Monday

The La Liga side welcomed Arthur with a bizarre talking football video on Twitter on Monday

The La Liga side welcomed Arthur with a bizarre talking football video on Twitter on Monday

‘The agreement will see the Brazilian player immediately join the squad.’

The 21-year-old, who will join compatriot Philippe Coutinho in the Barcelona squad, is yet to make a full senior appearance for the national team.

However, he has come through the Brazilian junior teams and starred in a Gremio team which won both the Copa do Brasil and the Copa Libertadores.

The video begins with 'A new player is coming...'

The video begins with 'A new player is coming...'

A football on the Barcelona bench then begins to talk

A football on the Barcelona bench then begins to talk

Opening with ‘A new player is coming…’ a football on the Barcelona bench begins to talk

'A special and appealing understanding of the game rests upon me... we call it the Barca style'

'A special and appealing understanding of the game rests upon me... we call it the Barca style'

‘A special and appealing understanding of the game rests upon me… we call it the Barca style’

Arthur started his career at his local club Goias before being spotted in 2010 by Gremio, then under the charge of former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The La Liga side also welcomed Arthur with a bizarre talking football video on Twitter on Monday evening.

Opening with ‘A new player is coming…’ a football on the Barcelona bench begins to talk. 

It says: ‘Although it doesn’t look like it, I’m a lucky ball. I’m the Barca ball.

'The very first rule of this style is that only the absolute best get to play me: Messi'

'The very first rule of this style is that only the absolute best get to play me: Messi'

The ball also names Coutinho

The ball also names Coutinho

‘The very first rule of this style is that only the absolute best get to play me: Messi, Coutinho’

‘A special and appealing understanding of the game rests upon me.

‘From Cruyff to Valverde. We call it the Barca style.

‘And the very first rule of this style is that only the absolute best get to play me: Messi, Coutinho, Busquets, Pique, Rakitic, Dembele.

‘And now…’ 

The video moves to a picture of the new arrival and says ‘Enjoy Arthur, enjoy Barca’.  

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