After failing to show up for training at the Camp Nou as expected, Arthur Melo, is set to return to Barcelona and cancel his contract.
The Brazilian international, who had already sealed a transfer to Juventus is expected to still be part fo the squad till the end of the month as agreed in his swap deal with Miralem Pjanic. The agreement was that both players will continue to play for their respective clubs till the end of the season, which comes to an end once rescheduled the Champions League is completed.
But the midfielder, who was given a week break went to Brazil and never returned to training. This made a furious Barcelona President, Josep Bartomeu to reveal that disciplinary action will be taken over the matter. He assured that there will be sanction over the ‘disrespect’ to his teammates and the club.
It appeared Barca was planning to take a legal action against him for refusing to report for work.
Arthur Melo on the verge of canceling his Barca’s contract
According to reports, Arthur had insisted on staying at the Camp Nou despite not getting regular playing time. He was urged to accept the swap deal to Turin. After initially insisting that he won’t mind his playing status at the club, Arthur, who joined Barca from Gremio agreed to a deal that will triple his current salary.
With few days to being officially Juventus player, Arthur as reported by Marca, via Football Espana has decided to return to Spain not to play for the club as agreed, but to come and negotiate an early contract termination.
Arthur, who won’t be able to kick a ball in Juve’s name until next month does not want to play for Barcelona again.
This is because the young lad felt ‘betrayed’ by the Blaugrana and pushed out of the club in order to balance the books and bring in Pjanic.
Another thing is his very negative rapport with coach Quique Setien, who had urged him to concentrate on his remaining games for the club before going to Italy.
Barcelona will resume Champions League action against Napoli on Saturday evening. The Catalan giant had played a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the round of 16 clash in Naples.