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Hammers Should Leave Arthur Melo Alone

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West Ham are reportedly considering a move for Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo,according to caughtoffside. He has been been deemed surplus to requirements at Juventus. While the idea of adding a player with Champions League experience might be enticing, this potential transfer could be a massive misstep for the Hammers.

Arthur’s career has been on a downward spiral since his big-money move to Juventus from Barcelona in 2020. His loan spell at Liverpool last season was a forgettable one, with injuries and a lack of playing time hindering his progress. This suggests a significant decline in form, raising serious doubts about his ability to cope with the Premier League‘s physical demands.

The fact that Juventus are actively looking to offload Arthur is a massive red flag for West Ham. Their new manager, Thiago Motta, clearly doesn’t see him as part of his plans. Why gamble on a player a team like Juventus is trying to discard? It’s highly unlikely he’ll magically rediscover his form at the London Stadium.

Arthur’s hefty price tag from his Barcelona transfer and his likely high wages make him a risky proposition for West Ham. The Hammers would be making a significant financial investment in a player whose recent performances raise serious doubts about his ability to contribute meaningfully.

The Premier League transfer market offers a wealth of talented midfielders. West Ham would be better served by looking beyond Arthur and focusing on players who are in better form and demonstrably fit the specific needs of our new vamped squad.

Desperate moves for out-of-favour players rarely yield positive results. West Ham has a golden opportunity to build a cohesive unit in this transfer window. Signing Arthur Melo would be a step backward, not forward. The Hammers should avoid this potential trap and focus on acquiring players who can genuinely contribute to the team’s long-term success.

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