Arsenal working to buy Youri Tielemans with Fábio Vieira agreement confirmed by Porto | Arsenal

Arsenal continue to work on a deal to sign Youri Tielemans from Leicester after reaching a deal to buy Fabio Vieira from Porto, who confirmed in a statement on Friday that he had accepted an offer.

Porto said Arsenal would pay €40m (£34m), including €5m in performance-related add-ons. The Portuguese club said the transfer “is expected to be completed in the coming days”.

Vieira is a 22-year-old attacking midfielder who scored six goals and provided 14 assists in Portugal’s top flight in the 2021-22 season, but his arrival hasn’t changed Arsenal’s plans for Tielemans.

Leicester are primed for an offer from Arsenal for the 25-year-old, who has one more year on his contract. Tielemans plays a deeper role than Vieira, most of the Belgian international’s 50 appearances for Leicester in the most recent campaign have been in midfield.

Manchester City have made Kalvin Phillips their preferred option to replace Fernandinho following the Brazilian international’s departure. Phillips spent his entire career at Leeds and joined the England squad in 2020.

City are targeting Brighton’s Marc Cucurella in another priority left-back position and have no intention of loaning out Julián Álvarez, the 22-year-old striker who arrives from River Plate this summer.

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