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Former Barcelona And Juventus Flop Reveals How He Was Able To Turn Things Around For Himself

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Brazilian midfielder, Arthur Melo is one of the most lucky players currently playing as he has had a career that would have seen most players throw in the towel and give up already after what he has been through, but today, he’s reaping the rewards of his resilience.

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He became the poster boy for transfer flops when he was valued at €80.6m in the part-exchange deal bringing Miralem Pjanic to Barcelona in September 2020. He failed to make an impact at Juve and barely set foot on the field during his loan spell in England with Liverpool, but finally seems to have flourished at Fiorentina.

The player has revealed how the help of a sports psychologist turned his career around after disappointing Juventus and Liverpool experiences, but warns Fiorentina ‘anything can happen’ for the future. “My partner told me that I had to look after my body, but also my mind,” Arthur told UOL in Brazil.


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“Between injuries and everything else, I was always tense and negative. Seeing a psychologist really helped me a lot. I would advise anyone who needs it to get help too.” Fiorentina took Arthur on loan for €2m with an option to buy for a further €20m at the end of the season. He has started to show what he can do working under Viola coach Vincenzo Italiano, featuring in all 16 Serie A matches.

“This is a team suited to my style of football where I can show the best of myself. I knew it was going to be a decisive season for my career, as I was injured for a year and needed some consistency. It was an important choice and I made the right one. Now I want to play, be in good shape physically and use my qualities on the field.”

However, that does not mean Arthur Melo believes his future also lies at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, as he is keeping an open mind and could even return to Juventus once the loan is over.

“I don’t like to look too far into the future, because anything can happen. I am the living proof of that. I understood that things change very quickly, both good and bad. Football is a flighty sport, every game can transform the whole story.” He further added.

With Juventus need in the midfield, especially for a creative player like Arthur, it’s most likely that the Bianconeri will look to bring him back to the team next season, especially if they manage to seal a top four placing at the end of the current campaign. They’re second, four points behind Inter Milan on the Serie A table and should they continue with their current form, they should be playing UEFA Champions League football next season and Arthur Melo could be a part of that team too.

Meanwhile…

Another report from Italy has it that Roma can only afford Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea if they qualify for the Champions League this season, while Saudi clubs are ready to offer the Giallorossi star €30m per year.

Lukaku moved to Roma on a dry loan deal from Chelsea last season, meaning the Giallorossi don’t have an option to make his move permanent in June. However, the 30-year-old has been Roma’s most decisive player this term with 12 goals in 19 appearances so the Giallorossi are considering signing him on a permanent deal.

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According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea have set the striker’s price tag at €42m next summer, a fee the Giallorossi can only afford if they qualify for the Champions League this season. Another obstacle is the interest of Saudi clubs, especially Al-Hilal who are reportedly ready to offer Big Rom a €30m-a-year contract.

Lukaku already snubbed a move to Saudi Arabia last summer, but it’s not guaranteed he’ll remain in Europe next season, especially if Roma fail to sign him permanently in June. Roma currently sit 8th in the Serie A table but are just three points below the top four. They will qualify for the Champions League even by finishing fifth but only if Italy end the season in the top two of UEFA’s coefficients ranking.

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