Fabio Vieira to Arsenal: Porto confirm £34m transfer completed


rsenal have officially completed the signing of Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira, the Portuguese club confirmed.

A statement from Porto released on Friday morning announced that the finished deal was worth a total of €40million (£34.1m) overall, with €5m (£4.2m) of that held back in add-ons that depend on certain future clauses being puts.

Arsenal have yet to formally announce the signing themselves, with Vieira having arrived in north London yesterday after cutting short his holiday on the Greek island of Mykonos to undergo a medical and complete the formalities behind a high-profile move to the Premier League.

The 22-year-old becomes the first major new arrival at Emirates Stadium this summer, following young Brazilian winger Marquinhos – who joined from Sao Paulo last week for a £3m fee – and USA goalkeeper Matt Turner, who is due to arrive in the UK later this month after leaving New England Revolution in the MLS.

Vieira – believed to have agreed a five-year deal with Arsenal – offers plenty of technical quality and valuable positional versatility to Mikel Arteta as he can operate either as a No8 or No10, while also capable of being deployed in wider positions.

He was also linked with the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United after notching the most assists in the Primeira Liga last term as Porto clinched their 30th domestic title, while he picked up player of the tournament honors at last summer’s European Under-21 Championship held in Hungary and Slovenia.

Standard Sports understands that the deal for Vieira will not affect Arsenal’s pursuit of Youri Tielemans, who wants to leave Leicester in this transfer window as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.

Arsenal have been tracking the Belgian since January and he is eager to complete the switch, despite originally expressing a desire to play in the Champions League next season.

Tielemans is more suited to a deeper midfield role than Vieira and as such the prospect of Arsenal signing both players this summer remains possible.

Arteta is also growing increasingly confident of a reunion with Gabriel Jesus, with Arsenal hopeful over reaching a compromise regarding the Brazilian striker with further talks in the coming days as Manchester City hold out for a fee of £50m for a player also offered to London rivals Spurs and Chelsea.


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