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Arsenal will try again for Juventus star

Arsenal will make a fresh attempt to sign Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo during the summer transfer window, Calciomercato reports.

The Gunners were keen on landing a central midfielder in January, and Arthur was their prime target.

However, a deal did not materialise. The Gunners were initially eyeing a six-month loan transfer, but the Bianconeri declined the proposal.

Technical director Edu Gaspar finally agreed terms over an 18-month loan with a €40 million buy option, but the board vetoed his decision.

While some fans were disappointed with the lack of signings in January, it has not been a concern for the club on the playing field.

Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey have excelled in the centre of the park, guiding the club towards Champions League football.

It is now reported that the Gunners could ‘try again’ for Arthur this summer, but nothing else is specified in terms of the proposal.

The Gunners are currently well-equipped in the midfield department with Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny as back-ups.

However, the latter is likely to leave when his contract expires in June. He has been the subject of interest from multiple Turkish clubs recently.

Meanwhile, Lucas Torreira and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are away on loan, and may have already played their final games in the Gunners’ shirt.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta may want at least one midfield recruit this summer. Arthur could be an ideal option with his excellent distribution.

The 25-year-old does not get into tackles, but is comfortable with the ball at his feet. He has completed more than 90 per cent of his passes this term.

Arteta has recently looked to play Xhaka in a more advanced central role. There has been more occurrences of the Swiss getting near the box.

Arthur could be seen as a competitor for Xhaka rather than Partey. The Gunners may once again propose a loan deal, this time for an entire season.

Arsenal are currently in a good position to end their five-year Champions League drought. They are fourth in the league, three points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand.

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