Chelsea & Man United battle for a star after Barca failed - FCNaija

International Edition By: Uche Duru | 12/01/2018

Manchester United have entered the race for Brazilian starlet Arthur Melo, as they are locked in a battle with Chelsea for the Gremio sensation's signature.

According to multiple reports in the British press. Barcelona have filled their quota of non-European players and are thus out of the running for the midfielder, although Real Madrid still retain their interest. Gremio are holding out for a club that is willing to pay Arthur's release clause of €50 million, which both Premier League clubs are willing to do - with the deal effectively down to the player himself.

After beginning his career with boyhood club Goias, Arthur moved to Gremio soon after, joining the Brazilian club at the age of 14 in 2010. He continued to impress in the junior side, before Luiz Felipe Scolari called him up to the first team and gave him his debut in 2015. Arthur has gradually grown more pivotal to Gremio, especially in their run to the Copa Libertadores title, which has meant the youngster is fielding offers from some of the biggest clubs in the world.