Gremio midfielder Arthur has revealed he will arrive at Barcelona ahead of the 2018-19 La Liga season.
Barcelona agreed a €40 million (£35m/$47m) deal for the 21-year-old in March, with the move initially agreed for January 2019 following the end of the Brazilian domestic season.
With the exit of Andres Iniesta, it was speculated that Barca might try to force the move through sooner, but Gremio insisted in May that they were not willing to let their star midfielder leave until next year, once their Brasileirao and Copa Libertadores campaigns had finished.
However, despite Gremio’s initial desires, Barcelona have been able to agree a deal to bring the Brazil Under-20 international to Camp Nou this month, with Arthur holding a press conference to thank his fans for their support.
“I wanted to go out in a press conference for the love I have for the Gremio fans,” Arthur said, as reported by as.
“Barca asked to arrive this summer and it was the clubs that spoke, I did not participate in the negotiations. Barca are the biggest club in the world. It has been my dream since childhood to play for them.”