Gremio’s 21-year-old midfielder Arthur Melo has been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, due to his vision and ability to pass the ball
21-year-old Arthur Melo’s talents in the middle of the pitch have earned him early comparisons with Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta and the youngster gained attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Melo is not famous for his goal scoring exploits or fancy tricks. Instead, his great strength lies in an uncanny ability to spot the right pass and execute plays perfectly, just like Iniesta or Mesut Ozil.
Furthermore, he also has similar physical attributes as the Barcelona idol does, and the 21-year-old is similarly capable of those startling bursts past defenders that the Spanish legend uses to shrug off the attentions of markers.
According to ESPN, Arthur is also learning how to become a more decisive presence in the opposition area.
“I’m a player who likes to have the ball at my feet, and organise play,” he explained to reporters.Ryan Giggs reflects on changing Daniel James Nedim Maric – Daniel James moved from Swansea to Manchester United in an unlikely transfer which raised many eyebrows.A jump from English second division to the senior…
The youngster admitted he and his coach are forcing the midfielder to somewhat transform into an attacking midfielder role, as he has the potential to be the main playmaker of a team.
“As a defensive midfielder I see more of the ball, further back. But as a playmaker Renato is forcing me to get into the area, reach the goal and try to score, as well as thread the ball through,” he said.
“I am also forcing myself to support the attackers and wingers. I think that is where the difference has come, I am trying to get into the area more to feed those up front.”
His potential was noticed by Premier League giants such as Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City. Furthermore, the youngster has also been linked with Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona.
Gremio, however, are unlikely to let Melo leave easily. The midfielder’s contract will only expire in January 2019, and the Brazilian side will reportedly not consider a bid lower than €10 million for the 21-year-old.