The 22-year-old is reportedly on his way to London to finalise personal terms and to undertake a medical after the Gunners agreed to pay €40 million (€35 million plus €5 million in add ons). Interestingly, the deal is being brokered by super agent Jorge Mendes.
✈️ Fábio Vieira viaja nas próximas horas para Londres. pic.twitter.com/Evj0eSdt3y
— Pedro Sepúlveda (@pedromsepulveda) June 16, 2022
Vieira has spent his entire career at Porto, climbing up the ranks to become a regular in the first team since making his debut two years ago.
Last season he made 39 appearances, scoring 7 goals and making 16 assists.
While he’s yet to be capped by Portugal at senior level, Vieira has played 20 times for his country’s under-21s and was voted the best player of the finals at the 2021 UEFA European Championships in Hungary and Slovenia.
All in all, he sounds like a talented lad. It’ll be interesting to see how quickly this develops.
It’s come out of the blue, but soon enough we may well be singing, “He came from Portugal, to play for Arsenal…Vieira.”
The question many will be asking now is whether we’ll subsequently cool our interest in Leicester’s Youri Tielemans? At this point, we’re not sure. But we’d imagine not.