However, our number one destination for Arthur Melo this January is Sevilla. This move would signal a return to La Liga for the Brazilian, with the Spanish outfit happy to sign the midfielder on loan.
Julen Lopetegui is a 4-3-3 coach and although his side likes to have possession, they don’t seek to monopolise it. Their average possession share of 51.4% ranks seventh in La Liga this term. Stylistically, Arthur and his efficient nature is a good fit for Lopetegui, although the Spanish boss would have to tweak the role of his holding midfielder should the Brazilian join the club.
Often, Lopetegui likes his holding midfielder dropping into defence to create a back three in possession and a back five without it. While Arthur is suited to the possession role, he most certainly could not play as a centre-back in Sevilla’s 5-3-2 shape out of possession. This would have to change, but we’ve seen Thomas Delaney perform a more traditional holding midfielder function this season.
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The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder hasn’t got off to the best of starts in Spain, though, and Sevilla’s efficiency in possession has been somewhat reduced by the Dane’s presence. Arthur would be a great option for Lopetegui in January and the Brazilian will surely thrive back in the more serene environment of La Liga with a meticulous possession coach at the helm in Seville.