Arsenal just recently announced their first signing of the summer, having reached an agreement with Brazilian starlet Marquinhos. It didn't take long for the club to make its next move, as Arsenal is reportedly finalizing a deal with Porto to bring Fabio Vieira to the Emirates, via Fabrizio Romano.
Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Fábio Vieira from Porto, sources now confirm @pedromsepulveda’s news. Talks in progress for Portuguese talented midfielder. 🚨🇵🇹 #AFC
Fábio Vieira has already accepted the destination as he dreams of Premier League football. pic.twitter.com/D5mHvWKSbq
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 16, 2022
Arsenal has reportedly seen a bid worth roughly €40 million accepted by FC Porto for the services of the 22-year-old midfielder. Vieira himself is reportedly eager to start the next chapter of his career at Arsenal, having long desired a move to the Premier League.
Unfortunately, the move to Arsenal will not guarantee him Champions League football next season, but he's hoping to help the team achieve their goal of returning to Europe's top competition in 2023-24. Arsenal placed fifth in the Premier League last season, missing out on Champions League qualification by one league position.
This is a massive signing for Arsenal, as they're getting one of the most gifted young playmakers in all of Europe in Vieira. Last season in Portugal's Premiera Liga, Vieira led all players with 14 assists. He also added 6 goals throughout the season, clearly playing a huge role in the attacking third for Porto.
Vieira will be an immediate upgrade in the midfield and will likely line up alongside fellow attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard, who was one of Arsenal's most consistent players throughout the season last year.
After missing out on a deal for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma, only to have salt rubbed in the wound by his decision to join Tottenham, Mikel Arteta and Co. will be fired up that they managed to lure Vieira to North London, as he's a huge talent with the potential to vastly improve their offensive production.