The midfielder has a £354MILLION release clause after arriving from the Brazilian Serie A just a day after Paulinho departed for the Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande

BARCELONA have announced the arrival of Gremio wonderkid Arthur, 21, who the club hope will replace departed legend Andres Iniesta.

Paulinho also left the Nou Camp club yesterday and returned to Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande.

Barcelona have also revealed they have a staggering £354MILLION release clause on Arthur’s contract, with any prospective buyers likely to be put off, even if he does progress as they hope.

The player cost Barca an initial £27.5m with another possible £8m in add-ons and has signed a six-year contract.

Arthur made 48 appearances for Gremio, with five goals for the Brazilian Serie A side after coming through the ranks at the club.

He clinched the Copa do Brazil and the Copa Libertadores during his time in Porto Alegre, but has yet to make his debut for the senior Brazil team.