Arsenal close to signing Fabio Vieira from Porto

 

 Fabio Vieira of FC Porto looks on during the Liga Portugal Bwin match between SC Braga and FC Porto at Estadio Municipal de Braga on April 25, 2022 in Porto, Portugal. 

Arsenal are close to signing attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira from Porto in a deal worth up to €40 million, The Athletic understands.

The 22-year-old will fly to London on Thursday evening to sign an expected five-year contract.

Vieira has made 39 appearances for Porto this season, scoring seven goals and providing 16 assists.

He can also feature as a false nine or central midfielder, and has been a regular starter for Portugal Under-21.

Arsenal will pay an initial €35 million, with a possible €5 million in add-ons.

It is thought that the signing of Vieira was driven by Mikel Arteta, who has expressed his admiration of the playmaker for months.

Vieira’s signing will be Arsenal’s second deal of the summer, after confirming the arrival of 19-year-old Brazilian Marquinhos.

Vieira, who has just returned from holiday in Greece, will join a young nucleus of attacking midfielders which includes Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith-Rowe.

 

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