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Arsenal announce signing of Fabio Vieira from Porto as Mikel Arteta makes move after Man United, Liverpool and Tottenham interest

Arsenal announce signing of Fabio Vieira from Porto as Mikel Arteta makes move after Man United, Liverpool and Tottenham interest

Arsenal have announced the signing of midfielder Fabio Vieira on a long-term contract from Porto.

The transfer will be worth £34million, which includes £5m in add-ons, as well as agreeing a five-year deal at the club.

Vieira (not their former captain), is Arsenal’s latest recruit

Arteta is keen to bolster his squad to aid their top four hopes next term

Arteta is keen to bolster his squad to aid their top four hopes next term

The player travelled to London for a medical on Friday and the deal has now been completed.

Technical Director Edu said: “We’re so pleased to have completed the signing of Fabio from FC Porto. Fabio is a player with special qualities who is comfortable with the ball in the final third of the pitch.

“We are all looking forward to working with him and enjoying his future contribution to Arsenal. We will now continue to work hard and are looking forward to finishing this transfer window as strongly possible.”

Mikel Arteta added: “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.

“We welcome Fabio and his family to our club and are looking forward to starting work with him ahead of the new season.”

An attacking midfielder by trade, he enjoyed an excellent campaign for Porto, scoring six goals and providing 14 assists.


Arsenal have already completed a deal to bring Marquinhos to the club

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Arsenal have already completed a deal to bring Marquinhos to the club

At 22 years of age, it’s thought that Vieira is ready to take that next step in his career by moving to one of Europe’s biggest sides.

Vieira’s form had alerted the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham to his services, however it now seems that a move to Arsenal is the most likely outcome.

A Portugal Under-21 international, he is the Gunners’ second signing of the summer after they completed a deal for Marquinhos.

Arteta will have some serious work to do if he’s to secure a top four finish for Arsenal this summer.

If they are to close the gap on the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea, the Gunners will need to make some significant improvements to their squad, with former Premier League striker Darren Bent recommending two attacking additions in particular.

Asked who he’d like Arsenal to sign, Bent told talkSPORT: “Gabriel Jesus.

“I’d like to see him go to Arsenal. I think he’d be brilliant. 

“He’s not necessarily got a point to prove, but I think he needs regular football now and I think he’s more than good enough to score the goals to help Arsenal to get back to where they’d like to get to.

Jesus remains to be a top target for Arsenal this summer

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Jesus remains to be a top target for Arsenal this summer

“So, I think that would be a really good addition to the squad. 

“And Christopher Nkunku from Leipzig. He’d cost a lot. 

“I think there’s talk about him going back to Paris Saint-Germain, but I love him.

“I think he fits the bill. He can play as a centre-forward, he can play off the left, and he can play off the right. 

“I know two out of those three are attack-minded, so maybe we should be concentrating on another pair of full-backs.” 

But Jesus won’t be cheap either. The Man City striker has been linked with plenty of clubs this summer, including Spurs, Chelsea and Real Madrid, but The Times reports Arsenal may meet Man City’s £50m valuation.

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