Arsenal announce the signing of Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira for £30million – because the 22-year-old star admits he ‘could not be prouder’ to affix a ‘large and historic’ membership just like the Gunners
- Arsenal have formally unveiled midfielder Fabio Vieira, 22, as a Gunners participant
- Portuguese aspect Porto had earlier confirmed Vieira would transfer to the Emirates
- Vieira, who signed a ‘long-term’ contract, joins Arsenal for an preliminary £30million
- The Portugal U-21 worldwide stated he ‘could not be prouder’ to signal for Arsenal
- Boss Mikel Arteta stated he is ‘excited’ the membership has signed such a ‘particular expertise’
Vieira, 22, stated he ‘could not be prouder’ to affix a ‘large and historic’ membership just like the Gunners. The deal contains £4m of achievable performance-related add-ons.
He stated: ‘I used to be born close to Porto and performed for Porto from the age of eight. I’ve all the time admired the best way Arsenal play.
‘There are many gamers who I bear in mind nicely from over time: ‘(Dennis) Bergkamp, (Cesc) Fabregas, (Santi) Cazorla, Thierry Henry.
‘Arsenal is a big and historic membership. I’m so joyful to be right here and I could not be prouder.’
Arsenal have formally unveiled Fabio Vieira after asserting his £30million transfer from Porto
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder turns into the Gunners’ first main signing this summer season
Manager Mikel Arteta stated: ‘I’m very excited that we’ve recognized and signed such a particular expertise.
‘Fabio is a really inventive participant that can carry prime quality and flexibility to our attacking play.
‘We welcome Fabio and his household to our membership and are wanting ahead to beginning work with him forward of the brand new season.’
Vieira, a namesake of legendary former Gunners midfielder Patrick Vieira – now supervisor at Crystal Palace – will put on the No 21 shirt.
He added: ‘This is a crucial step ahead in my profession. It actually was a quick course of. It was one thing that I used to be drawn to. Meeting the folks on the membership was an actual constructive for me. I’m loving it right here and I’m right here to provide the staff my all.
Creative and versatile attacking midfielder Vieira has signed a ‘long-term’ contract at Arsenal
The attacking midfielder was very important in serving to Porto declare a thirtieth league title final season
Vieira’s Primeira Liga statistics from the 2021-22 season – graphic offered by: SofaScore
‘I’m an attacking participant who appears to be like to seek out area between the strains, to be in a position to end off strikes both with assists or by scoring targets. I believe these are the primary attributes that Arsenal followers can count on from me.’
He broke via at hometown membership Porto and has made 75 appearances in all competitions throughout his three seasons with the Dragons, scoring 10 targets.
Vieira additionally has a formidable 13 targets in 21 caps for his nation’s Under-21 aspect and was named Player of the Tournament on the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2021, the place Portugal completed runners-up.
The 5’7′ star scored six occasions and recorded 14 assists as Porto received the Primeira Liga final season.
He lower brief his post-season vacation in Mykonos to finish his medical and signal for the Gunners – and the transfer is now full.
The membership’s technical director and former midfielder Edu (left) has proven Vieira round Arsenal
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Technical director Edu continued: ‘We’re so happy to have accomplished the signing of Fabio from FC Porto.
‘Fabio is a participant with particular qualities who is snug with the ball within the closing third of the pitch. We are all wanting ahead to working with him and having fun with his future contribution to Arsenal.
‘We will now proceed to work exhausting and are wanting ahead to ending this switch window as strongly attainable.’
Arsenal additionally acknowledged the switch is ‘topic to the completion of regulatory processes’.