West Ham United have just been handed a huge boost in the race to sign Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo this summer.

That comes after Valencia manager Gennaro Gattuso insisted that signing Melo is out of the question this summer due to the Brazilian’s massive wage demands.

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Hammers boss David Moyes is allegedly keen to bring the 25-year-old Juve midfielder to the London Stadium before the transfer window slams shut (Marca).

And Arthur’s agent has already suggested that his client wants to leave the Turin giants this summer.

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Moyes desperately needs to bring a top-class midfielder to the club before the end of this month. Flynn Downes was signed last month but Moyes definitely needs more.

Ands it seems as though the door could be wide open to bring in Arthur now…

West Ham handed Arthur Melo boost

Valencia were thought to be leading the race to sign the 25-year-old midfielder, ahead of West Ham and Arsenal (90 Min).

It seems as though the La Liga club are out of the race now though.

Valencia manager Gennaro Gattuso spoke to AS and insisted that Arthur is well out of the club’s league this summer:

West Ham have been handed a huge Arthur Melo boost
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“He has a prohibitive salary for us. A very great player but we don’t have the possibility of signing this type of player. I have no promise (of new signings). But the club knows very well that we have to complete the team. I hope we are going to sign two or three players.”

David Moyes really should go all out for Arthur now.

The Juventus ace is a deep-lying play-maker by trade and he possesses stunning technical ability.

The former Barcelona ace’s passing is the best attribute he has. In 20 Serie A appearances last season, Arthur made 34.9 passes on average per game and recorded a completion rate of 89.7% (Who Scored).

West Ham signing Arthur Melo would be a big statement.

He has plenty of experience of playing at the very highest level and is a serial winner with two league titles, a Coppa Italia and a Copa Libertadores to his name.

Football Transfers recently described him as a ‘fantastic’ player.

He has recently been valued at around €47 million (£39 million) according to Corriere dello Sport.

Perhaps that’s a tad on the excessive side and if West Ham could pick up Arthur Melo or closer to £25-30 million, we think he’d be a very good signing for the club.

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