Even though we’re entering the final stretch of the 2019-20 season during a time when we didn’t think would be happening at the beginning of the calendar year, there’s still business to take care of for Juventus. That involves a few transfers before the month of June came to an, with the headline grabber being a much-talked about swap deal with Barcelona.

Departing will be Miralem Pjanic, a player who has been rather good during his time at Juve.

Arriving is Arthur Melo, a 23-year-old Brazilian midfielder who is viewed by many as a player 

who still has potential to grow into if he finds himself in the right situation.

Could Juventus be that kind of situation?

And is Arthur the kind of player that will make Juve’s midfield — an area of the field that has been under the microscope for the better part of the last two or three years — better than it currently is?

That’s why we saw out some help from our SBN blog friends Barca Blaugranes. Specifically, we got the chance to chat with Barca Blaugranes Deputy Editor Renato Goncalves. Not only has Renato watched Arthur since joining Barcelona, but also lives in Brazil so he’s about as familiar as anybody we could have asked when it came to Juventus’ latest Brazilian signing. (The 27th in club history, in case you’re wondering.)

We sought some knowledge about Arthur seeing as it’s not like a lot of us were sitting around during the suspension of play and breaking down Barcelona game film. (But if you were, respect to you for finding something to occupy your time.)

Away we go …    Continue reading

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