Gremio manager admits ‘it will be hard to keep’ Barcelona target Arthur

The player has already met with Barcelona officials

Gremio coach Renato finally admitted that it would be tough to keep star youngster Arthur at the club past next year. They haven’t received an actual offer yet according to the club’s president but it’s become pretty obvious he’s met with Barcelona.

“The pressure has been huge, that’s normal. If he will continue? Sincerely, I find that difficult to see,” said the coach. “It makes us happy to have a player that’s being watched by European sides,” said the coach.

“Maybe we don’t have a player of his quality but we have others who can replace him. He’s helped us a lot, but I think it will be hard to keep him.”

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The most difficult part about losing a young player is when they’re already one of the best players in their own league. Arthur was recently voted the best defensive midfielder in the Brazilian league 2017. You can see why in the video below.

Arthur has already confirmed he’s met Barca officials but “didn’t sign anything” however this is starting to look like a deal that might get done.