Premier League outfit Arsenal confirmed the signing of Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira on a long-term deal on Tuesday evening after agreeing a £34million deal with Porto
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Mikel Arteta has revealed his excitement after Arsenal confirmed the signing of “special talent” Fabio Vieira from Porto.
The midfielder, 22, has signed a long-term deal at the Emirates after the Gunners agreed a £34million deal with Porto. That includes £30m paid up front with another £4m in add-ons. Vieira is the club’s second signing of the summer after Brazilian forward Marquinhos.
The Portugal youth international was a key part of the side that won the Primeira Liga title last season, his second championship at Porto. He leave the Portuguese outfit with 75 senior appearances to his name and three trophies, including the Taca de Portugal.
Vieira achieved various individual honours during his time at Porto. He was named the Primeira Liga’s Midfielder of the Month in April 2022 and was declared the Player of the Tournament at the U21 Euros last summer, helping Portugal reach the final. They lost 1-0 to Germany.
As such, it’s easy to see why Arteta is eager to work with the youngster. “I am very excited that we have identified and signed such a special talent,” he told Arsenal’s website.
“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.”
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Vieira will wear the No21 shirt at Arsenal, which was vacated by Calum Chambers following his move to Aston Villa in January. He will link-up with his new team-mates ahead of their pre-season tour to the US, where they’ll face Everton, Chelsea and Orlando City.
“We’re so pleased to have completed the signing of Fabio from FC Porto,” added Arsenal technical director Edu. “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.”
Vieira has expressed his delight at joining Arsenal. “I’m thrilled, of course,” he told the club’s website. “This is an important step forward in my career. Arsenal is a huge and historic club, so I’m delighted to be here at my new home..
The new Arsenal star added: “It [the transfer] certainly was a fast process. It was something that I was drawn to. Meeting the people at the club was a real positive for me. I’m loving it here and I’m here to give the team my all.”
On why he joined Arsenal, Vieira said: “As I said, Arsenal is a historic English club. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world. Everyone knows that Arsenal are a fantastic team. That was one of the main factors behind me choosing Arsenal. I really like the way the team plays and I can’t wait to get started.”