HomeBarcelona3 ways Juventus can line up with Arthur Melo

3 ways Juventus can line up with Arthur Melo

- Advertisement -

The much talked about Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic swap deal seems to be inching closer to its conclusion after prolonged discussions between all parties involved.

Sky Sports recently reported that Juventus have finally reached an agreement with Barcelona over the transfer of Arthur for a fee of €80 million. 

- Advertisement -

While Pjanic remains open to a move to the La Liga giants, the Brazilian midfielder will need some persuading, as he is still not sure about moving to Italy.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBvURRqF6ai/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Speaking after the Old Lady’s recent Serie A game against Bologna, Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici revealed that they still need to ‘convince’ Arthur. 

“We have spoken frequently with Barcelona, but at this moment all the teams are playing important games, so we preferred to bypass this period.

“It’s not about June 30, before or after, but about finding an agreement between the various parties, and both players have to be convinced. Therefore, it’s not an issue about dates.”

Fabio Paractici

Juventus’ chase of Arthur Melo

After a stunning debut season with Barcelona in 2018-19, Arthur has fallen down the pecking order at the Camp Nou this term, having played just 27 matches all season, with injuries playing a major role for his absence. 

Despite the 23-year-old’s recent struggles, Maurizio Sarri remains adamant to secure his signature, and build a team around Arthur, just like he did with Jorginho at Napoli previously. 

It has also been reported that Juventus are trying to reunite Jorginho with his mentor again, but Chelsea coach Frank Lampard is adamant about keeping the Italian playmaker at Stamford Bridge. 

The Blues are under no financial constraints and, therefore, won’t be persuaded to part ways with Jorginho easily. Plus, no release clause in his contract means Chelsea can play hardball with Juventus. 

As a consequence, Arthur remains Sarri’s first choice, and in return, the Italian manager is willing to sell Miralem Pjanic, who has struggled to adapt to the 61-year-old’s tactics and playing system. 

While the transfer is still far from conclusion, how would Juventus line up if they are indeed successful in their pursuit of the Barcelona midfielder?  

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBy6AcMp7yp/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Here are three ways the Turin-based club can lineup with Arthur Melo next season. 

#3 As part of a double pivot in 4-2-3-1

While it may be a less likely scenario, given Maurizio Sarri’s preference for a 4-3-3 formation, if he does revert to a more conventional 4-2-3-1 formation, then Arthur Melo can play in a double-pivot alongside the dynamic Adrien Rabiot.  

Arthur’s ball retention capabilities combined with the attacking and defensive prowess of Rabiot would make them an ideal pairing in the centre of the park. 

Further up the pitch, Paulo Dybala would get to play in his preferred no. 10 role, flanked by Cristiano Ronaldo/Douglas Costa and Federico Bernardeschi/Juan Cuadrado.  

#2 As a midfielder pivot in 4-3-1-2

Maurizio Sarri has deployed this formation 15 times as the head coach of Juventus, and so there’s a high probability that he could continue to do so next season as well. In such a scenario, Arthur would act as a direct replacement for Pjanic. 

The Brazilian can seamlessly slot into the base of the midfield diamond, flanked by Adrien Rabiot and Blaise Matuidi. Aaron Ramsey or Paulo Dybala may slot into a more advanced role, playing behind the two strikers, Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain. 

This formation would enable Sarri to get the most out of all the players at his disposal. 

#1 As a deep-lying playmaker in 4-3-3

The signing of Arthur from Barcelona would also enable the Italian coach to revert back to his tried and tested 4-3-3 formation, wherein the latest recruit would sit in a deep-lying playmaker’s role. 

The likes of Matuidi, Rodrigo Bentancur, Rabiot, and Ramsey would, therefore, compete for the remaining two midfield berths. 

The most lethal factor of such a system would enable Sarri to unleash the trio of Ronaldo, Dybala, and Higuain with Cuadrado, Douglas Costa and Federico Bernardeschi all capable of making an impact from the bench. 

Follow us on facebook for more sports news & updates

- Advertisement -

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

Why are more and more MotoGP riders using the Noson nasal dilator?

Introduction MotoGP riders or athletes are physically fit and healthy individuals and their muscles are continuously functioning and used during the performance. As a fan...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Suresh Raina Batted India Into The Finals of 2011 World Cup

Its been 9 years, since India won the Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka on 2 April, 2011. The images and visuals of...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Ajax XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Based in Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, who incidentally draw their name from the legendary Greek hero of the same name, are the most successful club...

Age Fraud in Indian Cricket: Are players really to be blamed?

There have been times while watching a cricket match when we tend to hear commentators comment on cricketers’ age. We as fans have many...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

5 famous players to play for both Leeds United and Liverpool

Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years and will play Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in their very first match...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -