Arthur Agreement Reached with Gremio

SOUTHAMPTON ENGLAND- MARCH 03 Jack Butland of Stoke City shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium

SOUTHAMPTON ENGLAND- MARCH 03 Jack Butland of Stoke City shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium

Barcelona says it has reached an agreement with Brazilian club Gremio for the option to buy midfielder Arthur for 30 million euros ($37 million) plus variables that could reach 9 million euros ($11 million).

The La Liga leaders can exercise the option in July and the deal, should it go through, will cost £26million with £8million in add-ons.

Barcelona have tracked the midfielder since he shone in Gremio's Copa Libertadores triumph past year.

The club's technical director Robert Fernandez travelled to Brazil a few weeks ago to finalize the transfer of the 21-year-old who is expected to arrive in Cataluña at the season.

This is a complicated transfer as Barcelona now do not have space to register any more non-EU players following the signings of Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina.

The Brazilian started his career in 2008 in the youth teams at Goiás Esporte Clube before moving on to Porto Alegre club Gremio in 2010, read the Barcelona website.

Arthur is a Brazil Under-20 worldwide and has played 51 times for Gremio since breaking into the senior team in 2016.

Barcelona, having been buoyed by the Arthur agreement, turn their attentions to face Chelsea in the Champions League next.

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