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Setien confirms talks with Arthur after reports of departure from Barcelona

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Barcelona’s head coach Quique Setien has been talking to Arthur about the eventual fate of the midfielder however is relying upon him for the remainder of the season.

During a campaign that saw him sidelined because of injury, Arthur made 23 appearances in all rivalries, however, that didn’t stop speculation that he could be moving.

The Brazil international has been connected to a transition to Juventus, perhaps heading the other way with Miralem Pjanic.

Setien declined to address speculation regarding the drawn-out eventual fate of the 23-year-old at Camp Nou, however, he then made it clear that he remains part of his plans ahead of arrival to La Liga action. Barca faces Real Mallorca on Saturday after a long break activated by the coronavirus pandemic, which is also expected to have an impact on the transfer market as clubs battle with the financial results of the health emergency.

“It’s actually we’ve talked about something, yet not all that much. The current circumstances contrast from the usual circumstances and will affect the market. As for the players, I’m clear that I depend on all the individuals who are presently in the squad and I need everyone because there will be a lot of games. I incline toward not to speak out on outside gossipy tidbits,” Setien said at his pre-match media meeting on Friday when asked about Arthur.

Arthur made clear his desire to stay back in April with Barcelona; he had recently been proposed as a transfer target for Inter.

He said in a statement sent to Mundo Deportivo: “There will always be speculation be that as it may, truly, my idea is extremely straightforward. I’m simply keen on staying in Barcelona.”

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