‘Special talent' Fabio Vieira joins Gunners in £34m deal

Portuguese midfielder becomes Arsenal's third signing of the summer, with more on the way as links with Gabriel Jesus and Raphinha intensify

Tuesday, 21st June — By Steve Barnett


Fabio Vieira becomes Arsenal’s third signing of the summer… with more on the way

ARSENAL have completed the signing of Fabio Vieira from Porto, with manager Mikel Arteta describing his new recruit as a “special talent.”

The Gunners will reportedly pay £30m up front for the Portuguese midfielder plus £4m in performance-related add-ons.

The 22-year-old, who will wear the No 21 shirt, is Arsenal’s third summer arrival after American goalkeeper Matt Turner and Brazilian winger Marquinhos.

And the spending looks far from over with the north Londoners also showing an interested in Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus and Leeds United winger Raphinha.

Reacting to Vieira’s long-term deal – thought to be five-years – Arteta said: “I am very excited that we have identified and signed such a special talent.

“Fabio is a very creative player that will bring high quality and versatility to our attacking play.”

Vieira scored six league goals for Porto in 15 starts last season and has scored 13 goals in 21 appearances for Portugal Under-21s. He also won the player of the tournament award at last year’s European Under-21s Championship.

Eager to get started in Arsenal colours, Vieira told the club’s official website: “This is an important step forward in my career. Arsenal is a huge and historic club, so I’m delighted to be here at my new home.

“Everyone knows that Arsenal are a fantastic team. That was one of the main factors behind me choosing Arsenal. I really like the way the team plays and I can’t wait to get started.”

Teasing fans as to what they can expect when he takes to the Emirates pitch, Vieira added: “I’m an attacking player who looks to find space between the lines, to be able to finish off moves either with assists or by scoring goals.

“My strengths are my passing and shooting ability. As for what I need to work on, I’d say the physical side of my game.”

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