Arsenal could reportedly announce the signing of Fabio Viera from Porto as early as today. The player is desperate to play in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. There were also reports that the Reds had the first refusal on his signing this summer. Although, in a turn of events, Gunners are closing on Viera’s signing. This will see the Gunners pay an upfront fee of €35m (£29.9m).
The fee could rise to €40m (£34.2m) with performance-related add-ons. Viera also is not wasting any time signing for the Gunners. According to reports, Viera has already touched down in the UK and will complete his medical on Friday before an announcement is made. Portuguese U-21 international could be unveiled as early as within 24 hours. Viera is poised to sign a five-year contract at the Emirates Stadium until the summer of 2027.
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The Portuguese international plays mainly as a number 8 or a number 10 which means he is a versatile midfielder. He can also play out wide as a winger. Fabio has scored 10 goals and provided 18 assists in 76 appearances. The midfielder has also won the league and cup double with the Porto side last season. Viera is yet to make his senior debut for Portugal.
Although, he has racked up 13 goals and 4 assists in 21 appearances for the U-21 national team. If the move goes through, he will be Arsenal’s third signing. Matt Turner and Marquinhos have already been announced. Arsenal will then focus on signing Youri Tielemans and Gabriel Jesus. These two players are the top targets for Mikel Arteta. Bernd Leno, Nicolas Pepe, and Lucas Torreira are all expected o leave the club.
It looks like the summer window is now shaping up to be a good window for Arsenal. Mikel Arteta and the owners are looking to compete for trophies this year. It looks like Fabio Viera is impressed by the club’s ambition.
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