Liverpool loanee Arthur Melo could face a ban as his parent club Juventus falsely lowered the player’s wages.
The Brazilian is spending the season on loan at the Reds, but thereafter, he will return to the Old Lady where his contract expires in 2025.
The controversial deal
The midfielder arrived at the Turin club from Barcelona in 2020, as part of a swap deal involving Miralem Pjanic. This reflected as a profit of €41.8M profit on Juventus’s accounts.
This deal was an eye-opener as the Catalan club sold Arthur for up to €82M and the Italian side sold Pijanic for €65M.
The Italian giants have already been docked 15 points in this season’s Serie A as part of an investigation which is explained by The Athletic.
The Athletic came with the club
“accused of fixing their balance sheets by inflating transfer fees.”
Alongside point deduction, eleven directors who either currently or previously held positions at Juventus were also banned from Italian football.
Why Arthur could face a ban?
Further sanctions could follow, and journalist Paolo Ziliani has shared documents to show that 26 players who
“adhered to the proposal to fake waiver of some salaries to allow Juventus to make large losses disappear from the balance sheet.”
Arthur Melo is one of those listed along with Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Wojciech Szczesny, and Dejan Kulusevski.
Ziliani claims those 26 players would face a ban of “at least a month”, while the Italian club would be fined
“from one to three times the amount of the sums unduly agreed.”
But any ban is likely to be upheld in Italy, which means the Brazilian midfielder would not be suspended from games for the Merseyside giants. Thus, the 26-year-old will only face the ban once he returns back to Juventus.
Arthur is expected to return soon from his injury and could provide more options to Klopp in the midfield. The Reds are struggling at the moment and fans at Anfield Road are hoping for a turnaround in the second half of the season.