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Report: São Paulo wants Columbus Crew SC’s Artur back in 2018

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According to the Brazilian media, Crew SC can buy the midfielder’s rights until Thursday.

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The future of Artur with Columbus Crew SC might be set soon as a report from Brazil claims that São Paulo FC plans on having the 21-year-old midfielder back on its roster in 2018.

According to GloboEsporte.com, the Brazilian club’s front off wants the player to the return once his loan contract with Crew SC expires at the end of the current season.

The report also says that the Black & Gold have an option to buy Artur’s rights for an undisclosed amount, but has to exercise it until Thursday, November 30th. However, as well as paying São Paulo, Crew SC would also have to reach a contract agreement with the player.

Artur has signed a contract with São Paulo until July 2020 and the Brazilian team is reportedly offering a salary raise to have him back on its roster next season. Artur was part of São Paulo’s first team in 2016, when he played four matches (three starts).

São Paulo’s interest in having Artur back is explained by the fact that the team is uncertain about the future of its current starting center midfielders, Hernanes and Jucilei, who have their loan contracts with the club expiring next month.

Signed by Crew SC in February, during the club’s preseason in Brazil, Artur became an important player for the Black & Gold, playing 27 matches (20 starts) and recording one goal and three assists.

The midfielder will not be on the field in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Finals, against Toronto FC, on Wednesday, because of yellow card accumulation.