Liverpool sign midfielder Arthur Melo on a season-long loan from Juventus

Liverpool has signed Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo on a season-long loan.

The 26-year-old international from Brazil played 31 times for Juventus last season but hasn’t appeared yet this year.

“I’m overjoyed to be here sporting this fantastic jersey with this illustrious crest that stands for so much in international soccer. It’s a fantasy, “Edward remarked.

According to Juventus, there is a 4.5 million euro (£3.9 million) loan fee and a 37.5 million euro (£32.4 million) buyout option.

Arthur said, “I’m incredibly thrilled and tremendously motivated to keep playing my dream on the field and give it all while wearing a Liverpool jersey.

Arthur, a 22-time Brazilian cap, won the Copa America in 2019 with Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker, all of the current Liverpool team.

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He is seen as a player who can play in a deeper midfield position, similar to another countryman named Fabinho, and who won’t obstruct the development of young players like Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho, and Curtis Jones.

Arthur’s arrival at Anfield lessons Liverpool’s current midfield injury issues.

Jordan Henderson, the team’s captain, was replaced after suffering a hamstring injury during Wednesday’s 2-1 victory against Newcastle United.

The 32-year-old will “certainly not be available,” according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, for the Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday.

Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the other Reds midfielders injured, in addition to Henderson.