‘He has the style we have here at Barcelona’ – Messi compares Arthur to Xavi

Barcelona have agreed a deal to send Arthur Melo to Juventus, yet in doing so are voluntarily losing a player that even Lionel Messi had compared to Xavi.

Social media websites have found a video of an interview with Messi where he made such a statement and have regurgitated it in the face of Thursday’s news.

“He is very similar to Xavi, as he likes to have the ball, play short and not lose it,” Messi explained.

“He is very solid and he surprised me.

“Arthur has the style we have here at Barcelona, he quickly understood training and Barcelona fans like players who are good with the ball at their feet and we are used to having possession.”