Beware all South American wonderkids. Wearing a Barcelona kit could get you in big trouble.
Gremio midfielder Arthur has potentially landed Barcelona in hot water after being photographed wearing the club kit.
Now, we know what you’re thinking. It seems a bit harsh, doesn’t it?
The issue was who Arthur was surrounded by.
The 21-year-old was pictured with Barcelona scout Andre Cury, the man behind Neymar’s move to Spain back in 2013.
Barcelona technical director Robert Fernandez was also in South America to watch Arthur in the Copa Libertadores final.
He’d have been impressed, with Arthur putting in a man of the match display as Gremio beat Argentinian side Lanus over two legs.
However the Brazilians weren’t impressed with Barcelona’s antics.
Gremio’s lawyer Nestor Hein told Fox Brasil: “His agent told us that a representative of Barcelona wanted to meet Arthur’s family.
“We had no problems with that, but that photo post of him wearing Barcelona’s shirt was completely unnecessary.
“Barcelona often do these types of things in negotiations, so we’ll go to FIFA and accuse them directly.”
Strong stuff. But was it worth it? Not by the sound of it.
Hein continued: “The lad will stay at Gremio, and we’re going to do everything we possibly can so that they can’t sign him.
“We don’t want to negotiate with Barcelona. We’re busy celebrating a Libertadores title, so how can we negotiate with anyone?
“If another club comes in and pays his clause, fine, but that’s not what’s happening. Andre Cury needs to learn how business is conducted.”