Barcelona is constantly searching for methods to bolster their team, despite their financial situation not being ideal.
When manager Xavi Hernandez was trying to bolster his team in anticipation of a potential title challenge earlier this year during the January transfer window, things weren’t all that different.
And if rumours are to be believed, the Blaugrana had some intriguing names on their schedule even if, aside from Julian Araujo, no new players arrived.
Xavi had Arthur Melo on his radar.
It is true that Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez was considering a transfer for former player Arthur Melo, according to Javi Miguel via Catalunya Radio (h/t SPORT).
Arthur was one of the players Xavi considered when he wanted to bolster the team with an aggressive midfielder with good technique and a last pass.
Despite not truly succeeding at the club, the Brazilian spent two years there between 2018 and 2020, thus he was familiar with the Catalans’ ideology.
Arthur was on loan at Liverpool from Juventus around the time Xavi considered making a move for him, and he wasn’t playing much because of fitness issues.
Arthur’s time at Barcelona was not particularly memorable. Alexander Caparros/Getty Images( Moving over Sergio Busquets’ veto
According to the article, Xavi asked Sergio Busquets what the team thought of Arthur in order to get some input.
Because of the way Arthur had spent his time at Barça, the former Blaugrana captain opposed a move for the 27-year-old Brazilian, believing that he would not be the best role model for the younger players at the club.
As such, Xavi immediately dismissed the idea of signing Arthur after speaking with his former captain.
After a difficult season at Liverpool the previous year, the 27-year-old Brazilian is having a good run at Fiorentina this season.