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Gremio chief invites Barcelona to bid for Arthur Melo

Barcelona have taken a step closer to signing Gremio midfielder Arthur Melo.

Barca have already settled personal terms with Arthur after an infamous trip to Brazil for a club delegation a fortnight ago.

After threatening to take Barca to FIFA over their contact with the player, Gremio are now prepared to hold negotiations.

Their sports director André Zanotta declared on Wednesday: "We are ready to listen."

Arthur's deal carries a €50m buyout clause - a price regarded as too steep by the Catalans. However, Gremio are now prepared to negotiate a more realistic price next month.

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