Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has reveald that Barca “economic situation ” was the real reason behind Arthur Melo controversial move to juventus.
Bartomeu said the decision was made to favour the Brazil international who refused to sign a new contract, he asked for an improved contract which would have seen him Triple his salary at Barcelona.
The 23 year old Brazilian joined Barcelona in a €31 million deal in 2018 after an impressive stint with Gremio which saw him win the Copa Libertadores in 2017 and Campeonato Gaúcho in 2018.
“We had wanted to renew Arthur’s contract, but the economic situation is complicated,” Bartomeu told Catalan newspaper Sport.
“Besides, Arthur had this good offer from another club, who had Pjanic, and the Bosnian is a player we have been interested in for a long time. The decision to leave Barcelona was therefore with Arthur, who was unable to make himself an indispensable player here.
“Juve are offering him first team football, but above all he will earn triple his current salary, as the fiscal situation in Italy is very advantageous.”
The president revealed that Arthur Melo who has told Barcelona he does not want to play for them anymore will face legal actions.
“We had an agreement with him that he’d play with Barcelona until the end of the season. He is an important player and could help us, but he didn’t turn up. This is unacceptable behaviour, so we have decided to take action against him.
“We must analyse what happened and try to understand the causes. We’ll ask the player what his motivations were, but there will certainly be sanctions.
“If a worker does not work, he doesn’t get paid. He also showed an unacceptable lack of respect towards his teammates and the club. It’s unjustifiable.”
Arthur who was Described as the new “Xavi” when he signed for Barcelona in 2018, has already been sold to juventus for a fee of €72mn ($84.6mn), and he has no intention of returning to Barcelona for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season according to SPORT.