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Chelsea Willing To Give Up Werner For This Juventus Midfielder: Good Move For Everyone Involved?

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In a recent report, Calciomercatoweb mentioned that Chelsea are willing to give up Timo Werner for Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo. It has been revealed that the valuation of both players are around €40m which could see the Blues arrange a swap deal for the Brazilian midfielder with Werner heading in the other direction.

Arthur’s Unimpressive Season In Italian Football

Arthur had to endure a difficult campaign at Turin as he struggled to give a good account of himself at the centre of Juve’s midfield. The 25-year-old made 31 appearances for the Italian giants last season, picking up one assist in the process across all fronts.

The 22-time Brazil international failed to contribute in too many meaningful ways at the centre of the park after he averaged 1.3 tackles, 0.4 interceptions, 0.4 clearances and 0.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in Serie A. However, he deserves some credit for being accurate with his ball distribution as he completed 89.7% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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GENOA, ITALY – MAY 6: Arthur Melo of Juventus is seen in action during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and Juventus at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on April 30, 2022 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Getty Images)
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Chelsea Willing To Give Up Werner For Arthur: Good Move For Everyone Involved?

Arthur is a tough-tackling midfielder who can time his challenges well to make life difficult for the opposition when he is playing well on the field. He is a good passer of the ball as well and can make some decent runs with the ball from midfield.

However, things have not worked out well for him at the Allianz Stadium thus far. Thus, it makes sense for the player to seek a move elsewhere this summer in search of greener pastures.

Based on Arthur’s recent form, it is difficult to see how he would make a positive impact at Stamford Bridge next season if the Blues boss Thomas Tuchel opts to sign him during this summer transfer period.

Werner has had his fair share of struggles at Chelsea. However, he has still managed to contribute by scoring some important goals for them last season. Thus, it won’t be a good move for Chelsea to give up on the German international in exchange for someone like Arthur, who has struggled to catch the eye in Italy over the past ten months.

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