Just two days after helping Gremio to their third Copa Libertadores title — South American football’s top club trophy — Arthur Melo and his agent Andre Curry met with Barcelona officials in Porto Alegre, Globo Esporte reported.
The photo, in which a beaming Melo stands alongside his father, brother, Curry and the agent’s staff, was taken after successful talks on Friday, the portal said.
Cury is renowned as the man who allegedly convinced Neymar to join the Catalans back in 2014, and has reportedly been leading the club’s observation of the Gremio star.
According to Sport, the official was at Wednesday’s final and joined Arthur for dinner after the game.
The player’s very good passing has seen him compared to Andres Iniesta, and with the veteran midfielder inching towards the end of his career Melo may be considered as a perfect replacement by Barca.
However, agent Jorge Machado, who represents Melo, has urged a bit of caution, telling Globoesporte that the meeting was nothing more than “talks”.
“This was leaked out, I don’t know who did it, someone passing on the street. It was just talks,” he said.
“Who knows who did it, maybe Barcelona?”