Arsenal 'to open fresh transfer talks' over Arthur loan as Juventus push for more money and 'obligation to buy clause’

ARSENAL are reportedly gearing up to renew discussions with Juventus over a January loan swoop for midfielder Arthur Melo

Italian media claim Gunners officials will meet with their Juve counterparts to thrash out a temporary deal for the Brazilian.

Tutto Mercato’s chief editor Marco Conterio claims Arsenal’s fresh talks with the Italian side are due to take place imminently.

Reports suggest initial negotiations hit a stumbling block with the Serie A side wanting more money and a longer-term loan.  

It is claimed the Italian giants – currently seventh in the league – are after an option to buy as part of a potential deal.

Arsenal are willing to maintain their pursuit of Arthur despite Thomas Partey’s return from the Africa Cup of Nations.

The club currently have two midfielders out on loan with Matteo Guendouzi flourishing at Marseille and Ainsley Maitland-Niles recently sealing a temporary move to Roma.

Arthur was valued around the £60million mark when he moved from Barcelona to Juve 18 months ago in a deal that involved an exchange for Miralem Pjanic.

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But the Brazil international has made just nine Serie A appearances this term with boss Allegri willing to allow him to depart.

However, the Italian outfit hope to sign a replacement before allowing the midfielder out on loan.  

And claims the side, who play Verona next, are unlikely to agree to short-term switch for the player.

Juve are also monitoring Nahitan Nandez’s situation at Cagliari.

The Uruguay international is rumoured to be on the club’s January transfer target list with their interest in Bundesliga star Denis Zakaria thought to be cooling.

The possibility of a Juve swoop for the Borussia Monchengladbach ace looks unlikely due to the German club’s asking price for the player.

The Bundesliga side want £5.85million for the midfield ace whose current contract expires this summer.

The player has attracted interest from Liverpool and Manchester United although their enthusiasm has now cooled.

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