Fabio Vieira undergoing medical after Arsenal struck deal below release clause
Arsenal have had their offer of £30million for attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira accepted by Porto despite it being below the player's release clause.
The Portuguese star, who is set for a medical in London today (Friday, June 17), is believed to be signing a five-year deal with the Gunners. Vieira had a £42million release clause but Arsenal had an offer some £7million below that was accepted, reports The Guardian.
The Portugal Under-21 international, whose ambition has been to play in the Premier League, found the back of the net six times last season, while he provided 14 assists in Portugal’s Primeira Liga in 27 games. Vieira, 22, has been eyed by the north London side for some time, with their side’s technical director, Edu, describing him as a ‘player for the future’.
Mikel Arteta has often spoken about his admiration for players who has a degree of versatility in their game. In an interview with Sky Sports, he spoke about the pedigree of footballers he believes can benefit Arsenal.
“Look at the players that we had in the past at this club in those positions,” he said “You go back to (Santi) Cazorla, to (Tomas) Rosicky, to (Andrey) Arshavin when he played there, to (Aaron) Ramsey when he played there, to (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan when he came in. Even Jack Wilshere used to play in those pockets all the time.”
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It is believed that he will become Arsenal’s third summer arrival, following USA goalkeeper Matt Turner and Brazilian forward Marquinhos.
Meanwhile, it’s reported that the side will continue their pursuit of Youri Tielemans even though they have concluded a deal for Vieira. Tielemans, thought to be Arsenal's number one midfield target, is still on the list despite the move for the youngster from Porto. Fabrizio Romano said in his YouTube video that a move for the Foxes’ talisman is still very much on the agenda.
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