Arthur Melo’s mother hit back at Barcelona in a the press conference on Friday, when Barcelona boss Quique Setien commented on the midfielder.
It was outlined earlier on Friday that Arthur will travel to Italy to undergo his physical tests with the Italian champions on Catalan radio station RAC1, via.
Because of the injuries of Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets, the Brazilian is likely to feature for Setien’s side in the weekend game against Celta Vigo before being allowed to travel to Turin.
Brazilian midfielder Arthur joined the Blaugrana in 2018 in a Gremio deal worth an initial €31 million plus an additional €9 million in variables.
He has a contract with the club with a €400 million release clause until the summer of 2024, while the transfer market gives him a market value of €55 million.
Arthur will now join the Italian champions in a €70 m swap deal, according to the front page of Friday’s edition of Diario Sport. This deal also involves 30-year-old Juve midfielder Miralem Pjanic going the other way in a €60 m move.
As has been widely reported, the Brazilian’s reluctance to leave Camp Nou was the largest stumbling block for the processing of the exchange deal.
But now Melo’s mother has indicated that she believes that the Catalan club is trying to blame him for the departure instead.
“Arthur is neither the first player nor the last to sign for a club that has high expectations and does not bear fruit,” Setien told reporters, as Cope quoted.
“Perhaps he’d lacked some continuity. Changing things that other coaches have told him were good is not easy, like holding the ball when we want to play two touches.
The player’s mother then posted in a direct response on social media: “My god, with the player they’ll start to find flaws now.”
On the other hand, in the summer of 2016, Pjanic, joined the Roma Bianconeri and clocked 170 appearances in that timeframe, scoring 22 goals. Diario Sport reported earlier this week that the Bosnian international had turned down more lucrative financial offers from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain to reach a contractual agreement with the Catalan club.