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Papers: ‘On strike’ – Arthur won’t return to Barcelona for the Champions League

The Brazilian has decided not to return from his vacation.

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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The case of the player who was instantly dubbed the ‘next Xavi‘ upon arrival has been incredibly strange. Arthur Melo was sold to Juventus out of the blue and now, even thoguh he is still contracted to the club up until the end of the season, he reportedly won’t return to Barcelona following the end of his vacation.

Needless to say, this has caused quite a stir both at the club and amongst the media outlets as both Sport and Mundo Deportivo are reporting on his rebellion.

The former went with a title that says ‘Arthur, on strike‘, claiming the midfielder has decided he won’t return to Barcelona as he didn’t show up for the team’s obligatory COVID-19 tests prior to the start of their training sessions.

And while the club is trying to do everything in their power to get him back from Brazil, Sport also report that the negotiations to break the contract have already started. It very well may be that we’ve seen the last of Arthur in an Azulgrana shirt.

Mundo Deportivo are saying the same thing with their cover stating ‘Arthur counts himself out‘. They say the player has already decided not to play for Barcelona again despite there still being one competition left in the season.

But, Mundo Deportivo are here with a twist. They say if Arthur doesn’t return immediately, Barcelona may press charges and this whole case may end up on court.

It’s a rather controversial end of a relationship that was supposed to blossom for years to come.

I’ve been a Barcelona fan for more than half of my life. What started as blind love is slowly turning into professional writing. Now, I get to write about Barca, analyse them, and voice my opinions on them across platforms. I’m happy to be a part of this big project.

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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

Udhav Arora

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Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.

Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”

PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.

Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.

PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.

A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.

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