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FC Barcelona sign Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo

Arthur Melo

Barcelona, July 10 (UITV/IANS)- FC Barcelona have announced the signing of promising Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo from Gremio for 31 million euros ($36.4 million US dollars) plus nine million euros in variables.

The 21-year-old Arthur, who helped Brazilian club Gremio win the Copa Libertadores in 2017, on Monday signed a six-year deal with Barcelona, reports Xinhua news agency.

"Arthur stands out for his skill at protecting the ball and his eagerness to play directly up the field," Barcelona said in a statement.

The Spanish champions agreed on a deal for the 21-year-old playmaker in March and he will help fill the gap left by Andres Iniesta and Paulinho, who both departed this summer.

Barcelona initially planned to sign Arthur in January 2019 but with spaces to fill in midfield the deal was sped up.