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Neymar helped convince Arthur to pick Barca



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Neymar helped convince Arthur Melo to sign for Barcelona

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Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar helped convince Arthur Melo to join Barcelona this summer, the former Gremio player has revealed.

Neymar's world record move to PSG led to a feud with the Barca board but that didn't stop him offering Arthur some advice earlier this year.

Arthur joined the La Liga champions this month from Gremio for an initial fee of €31 million, turning down "interesting offers" from other clubs in favour of a move to the Camp Nou.

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Arthur Melo says Barcelona have phoned to reassure him his move to Camp Nou is still on after reports claimed they may pull out of the deal.

Barca reached an agreement with Gremio earlier this year on an option to sign the Brazilian midfielder for an initial fee of €30 million in July. 

While Barca must decide whether or not to finalise the deal this summer, Arthur is unlikely to join the club until next January, following the completion of the domestic season in Brazil.

However, Mundo...