Arsenal have confirmed a contract with midfielder Fabio Vieira from Porto for £34m, including add-ons.
The 22-year-old is the Gunners’ third summer arrival after goalkeeper Matt Turner and Brazilian striker Marquinhos. Arsenal will pay £30m upfront plus £4m in performance-related add-ons.
Vieira, who underwent his medical in north London last week, won the player of the tournament award at last year’s European Under-21 Championship.
Vieira scored six league goals for Porto in 15 starts last season and has scored 13 goals in 21 appearances for the Portugal Under-21s.
The Portuguese midfielder will add more creative talent to the Arsenal ranks having provided a league-high 14 assists for Porto in the 2021/22 Primera Liga campaign.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “I am very excited that we have identified and signed such a special talent.
“Fabio is a very creative player who will bring great quality and versatility to our attacking game.
“We welcome Fabio and his family to our club and look forward to working with him before the new season.”
Meanwhile, Arteta is expected to continue to push for more summer recruits at Arsenal, with Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus heavily linked to a move at the Emirates Stadium and Leicester’s Youri Tielemans another target.
‘Numbers don’t lie’
Analysis by Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepúlveda:
We are talking about a player who plays on the right wing and uses his game to move from the wing to the middle. But he can easily play in other places like the left flank and as an attacking midfielder, a number 10, since he is not that fast. But he has a lot of flexibility with the ball and very good positioning also without the ball.
A lot of people in England might be wondering why Arsenal are paying such money for a player who wasn’t always in Porto’s XI, but if you look at the numbers, they don’t lie: he made 39 appearances for Porto last season, scoring seven goals. . and 16 assists.
If you look at the goals he scored, they were all in big games. He scored against Sporting, champions of the previous season, and against Benfica, Porto’s other great rival. And the time he was on the pitch, he was putting in great performances, even in the Champions League as well.
What can Arsenal expect from Vieira?
Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam on Fabio Vieira:
He is highly rated and this can be seen as a really exciting move in Mikel Arteta’s transfer window.
He is 22 years old, very good technically, so he fits into the mold of Arsenal players. He has a great movement, a lot of grace with the ball, he wants to get on it.
He really plays like a number 8, he has played outside as a winger or as a false nine, but playing in midfield is where he is best.
A Premier League recruiting scout described him to me as a lovely footballer, someone who was great to look at and would love to have by your side.
Six goals in 15 starts for Porto this season, 13 goals in 21 games for the Portugal Under-21s: that tells you everything you need to know about the kind of midfielder he is.
Would signing Jesus and Vieira give Arsenal an advantage in the CL battle?
The Guardian’s football writer and Italian soccer pundit Nicky Bandini told Sky Sports:
“I think it’s too early to say it would give them the advantage as there is a long way to go in the transfer window and Arsenal have to catch up. It won’t be easy next season as they will be in the Europa League. “.
“The Thursday-Sunday schedule has a negative impact on domestic performance, so it will be difficult for Arsenal to close the gap.
“If you’re going to do that, you should be encouraged by the club getting their business done early. Tackling a big area upfront by signing Gabriel Jesus is a positive step.”
“His goals-to-expected-goals ratio is one of the weakest in the Premier League since he arrived, but his scoring has been prolific. He has more than a goal every two games, so his productivity has been very high.”
“Arsenal have been crying out for someone to be at the end of those opportunities constantly. It was the only thing missing last season.
“Fabio Vieira is a different case because he plays in an area where the team already has a lot of creative players.
“He can fit in midfield, but if you look at what Mikel Arteta said when he took over, it goes back to an era when Arsenal had a lot of these types of players.
“It is a strength and it is a position that Arteta has wanted Arsenal to have since he arrived. The idea that he is building towards the team he wants is reinforced by these transfers.”
Arsenal schedule: Gunners start at Palace
Arsenal will kick off their 2022/23 Premier League campaign at Crystal Palace on August 5, live on Friday Night Football.
Mikel Arteta’s side, who finished fifth in the Premier League last season, host Leicester City on August 13 before traveling to newly promoted Bournemouth on August 20.
The Gunners’ first derby in north London will take place at the Emirates Stadium on October 1, while the second leg at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be at the start of the new year on January 14.
Arsenal’s last game before the season break for the winter World Cup will be against Wolves on the weekend of 12/13 November. They will then be back in action on Boxing Day, entertaining West Ham.
The last day of the Premier League season is May 28, when Arsenal close their campaign at home to Wolves.
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