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Sergio Busquets advised Xavi not to sign former Barcelona midfielder last January

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Barcelona are always on the lookout to strengthen their squad even though their finances are not in the pinkest of health.

The situation was not much different during the January transfer window earlier this year as manager Xavi Hernandez sought to reinforce his squad ahead of a possible title tilt.

And even though no new players arrived barring Julian Araujo, the Blaugrana had some interesting names on their agenda if reports are to be believed.

Arthur Melo was on Xavi’s radar

Indeed, as per Javi Miguel via Catalunya Radio (h/t SPORT), Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez was weighing up a move for former midfielder Arthur Melo.

Xavi wanted to strengthen the squad with an attacking midfielder, with good technique and last pass, and thought of Arthur as an option.

The Brazilian was familiar with the Catalans’ philosophy having spent two years at the club between 2018 and 2020, although things never really worked out for him at the club.

At the time when Xavi thought about a move for him, Arthur was on loan at Liverpool from Juventus and was not playing much due to fitness problems.

Arthur did not have a memorable stint at Barcelona. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Sergio Busquets vetoed move

The report states that Xavi wanted to know the opinion of the dressing room and asked Sergio Busquets about Arthur.

The then-captain of the Blaugrana vetoed a move for the 27-year-old Brazilian as he believed that Arthur would not set the best example for the youngsters at the club due to how he had spent his time during his Barça stint.

As such, following the chat with his former captain, Xavi quickly put the thought of signing Arthur out of his mind.

The 27-year-old Brazilian endured a tough season at Liverpool last season but is enjoying a solid spell at Fiorentina in the current campaign.

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