All eyes on Arsenal as Porto announce agreement for Fabio Vieira transfer, with exact fee revealed

Porto attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira

Arsenal are on the verge of completing the signing of Fabio Vieira after FC Porto confirmed they had struck an agreement for his transfer.

It emerged on Thursday, somewhat unexpectedly, that Arsenal were close to the signing of Vieira. Reports in Portugal were quickly backed up elsewhere, with the move progressing quickly. Now, the finishing line is in sight.

A club statement from Porto has confirmed that Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign the attacking midfielder. The Premier League side will pay their Portuguese counterparts €35m up front, with a further €5m in add-ons.

In Arsenal’s money, that means Vieira will cost £29.9m to start with and then possibly a total of £34.2m.

There are still some final details to resolve, but Arsenal have cleared a major hurdle in their attempts to add the attacking midfielder to their squad.

Vieira scored seven goals and added 16 assists from 39 appearances in all competitions for Porto last season. In the process, he picked up medals for their success in the Portuguese league and cup.

Now, the 22-year-old is ready to embark on his first experience of English football with Arsenal.

There has been no word back from the Gunners yet. That said, Porto have suggested the deal will become official within a matter of days, once the last obstacles are overcome.

Their announcement in full read: “The club informs the market that it has reached an agreement with Arsenal FC for the transfer, on a definitive basis, of the professional football player Fabio Vieira for €40m, of which €5m are dependent on the achievement of sporting objectives.

“It is further informed that the final agreement is still being finalised and is awaiting its completion in the next days.”

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But if all goes to plan, Arsenal could officially make Vieira their own by the end of the week. He is reportedly undergoing a medical in London on Friday.

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Vieira will add to the number of creative options in the middle for Arsenal. They already have the likes of Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe who can play as number 10s.

Vieira also likes to operate in that territory, but can feature wider or further forward too. There is also a chance he could operate in central midfield, where Arsenal have been looking to reinforce.

His versatility and talent could make him a sensible reinforcement.

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