Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Gremio's Melo Comes Clean Over Controversial Barca Meeting

Gremio midfielder Arthur Melo has spoken of his Barcelona controversy meeting last week.
Speculation that Brazilian sensation Melo will join Barcelona mounted after a photo of the midfielder wearing a jersey of the Spanish football giants was leaked on the internet.

Just two days after helping Gremio to their third Copa Libertadores title -- South American football's top club trophy -- Melo and his agent Andre Curry met with Barcelona officials in Porto Alegre, Brazilian paper Globo Esporte reported.

Brazilian club Gremio have now threatened to report Barca to FIFA after the photo, in which a beaming Melo stands alongside his father, brother, Curry and the agent's staff, was taken after successful talks on Friday.
The 21-year-old midfielder posed in the shirt with friends and family after his meeting

Arthur, however, explained the meeting yesterday, stating:
"On the Barcelona issue, they really spoke with me, we had a meeting, but I want to say that there is nothing closed, nothing is defined, I did not sign anything, I am a Gremio player." 

He insisted that he had not signed any contract but speculated over the possibility: "We have not started negotiating, then if I sign the contract I will be a Barcelona player, but this has not happened."
Gremio's vice-president Odorico Roman confirmed the meeting was authorised but Gremio was not comfortable with the situation:
"They told us that Arthur was going to eat with some representatives from Barcelona and we authorised the encounter because it was just to meet the family, nothing more.

"[But] Gremio are not comfortable with this situation."
The 21-year-old has reportedly drawn interest from several European clubs, including English club Manchester United, after a superb season in Brazil's Gremio.

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