rsenal has officially concluded the hiring of Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira, the Portuguese club confirmed.
A Porto statement released on Friday morning announced that the finalized deal was worth a total of €40m (£34.1m) in total, with €5m (£4.2m) held in add-ons that rely on certain future clauses being met.
Arsenal have yet to formally announce the signing, with Vieira arriving in north London yesterday after interrupting his holiday on the Greek island of Mykonos to undergo a medical and complete the formalities behind a high-profile transfer to the Premier League. .
The 22-year-old becomes the first major arrival at the Emirates Stadium this summer, following young Brazilian striker Marquinhos – who arrived from Sao Paulo last week for a £3m fee – and US goalkeeper Matt Turner, who is due to arrive to the UK later this month after leaving the New England Revolution in the MLS.
Vieira – who is believed to have struck a five-year deal with Arsenal – offers a lot of technical quality and valuable positional versatility for Mikel Arteta as he can operate as a No 8 or No 10 as well as being able to be deployed in wider positions.
He was also linked with the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United after scoring more assists in the Primeira Liga last season as Porto won their 30th domestic title, while he claimed the Player of the Tournament title at last summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship. , held in Hungary and Slovenia.
standard sport understands the deal for Vieira will not affect Arsenal’s pursuit of Youri Tielemans, who wants to leave Leicester this transfer window as he enters the last 12 months of his contract.
Arsenal have followed the Belgian since January and he is keen to complete the switch, despite originally expressing a desire to play in the Champions League next season.
Tielemans is better suited for a deeper midfield role than Vieira and as such the prospect of Arsenal signing both players this summer remains possible.
Arteta is also increasingly confident in a meeting with Gabriel Jesus, with Arsenal hopeful of reaching a deal on the Brazilian striker with further negotiations in the coming days as Manchester City expect a £50m fee for a player as well. offered to London rivals. Spurs and Chelsea.