Arsenal have emerged as contenders to sign Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira, according to reports in Portugal.
The Gunners have been overhauling their options in midfield in recent months. Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi left on loan in the summer, with Thomas Partey arriving.
Mikel Arteta is still on the lookout for reinforcements in the position he used to roam himself. For example, Arsenal missed out on Houssem Aouar in the summer – but their hopes of landing the Lyon playmaker seem to be fading.
With that in mind, Arsenal are turning their attention elsewhere. According to Record (via Sport Witness), Porto’s Vieira is now on their shortlist.
The 20-year-old only made his senior debut for Porto earlier this year, but has quickly earned himself more opportunities. He is now represented by one of the most powerful agents in the world, Pini Zahavi.
That means he could be in line for a big transfer if he continues to show his potential. The Premier League could be his final destination.
The Portugal under-21 international – who has no relation to former Gunners midfielder Patrick Vieira – is unlikely to move in January, but could next summer.
Marseille rivalling Arsenal for Vieira
Arsenal are one of the possible contenders, with Ligue 1 outfit Marseille another. However, Porto are keen to keep their academy graduate, and could offer him a new contract.
His current deal contains a €30m release clause, though, and Porto will not be able to stand in his way if another club activates it. Therefore, the Gunners are “positioning themselves” for a future transfer battle.
Vieira, who has played in seven league games this season and also has one Champions League goal to his name, is under contract until 2022 for now.