Rivaldo cautions Barca against Arthur sale
Former Barcelona and Brazil forward Rivaldo believes that Barca should not sell midfielder Arthur just yet- especially if they still entertain hopes of re-signing Neymar.
Arthur joined the club from Grêmio in the summer of 2018 and there are rumours that Barca may cut their ties with the Brazilian in the summer.
Rivaldo, who played for Barca with some distinction, warned against such a move in his column for Betfair. “There are lots of rumours about potential Barcelona transfers this summer and some press recently mentioned that Arthur could leave.
“I believe this is just talk and expect Arthur to stay at the club for many years. He hasn't completed two complete seasons there yet. He arrived as the potential successor to Xavi because of his similar style of play, so it makes no sense to sell him when he is just 23 and has his career ahead of him.
“Furthermore, Arthur has a good relationship with Neymar and selling the youngster could harm Barca's chances of bringing Neymar back.
“Of course, a potential Arthur move won't cancel a Neymar deal as he as many other friends at Barcelona. But I think it's important to keep a solid base to the squad and having Arthur could help persuade Neymar to return to the club.”