Official: Arsenal finalised £34.4m transfer of Portuguese playmaker

Arsenal have finalised the signing of Portuguese playmaker Fabio Vieira from Porto.


The move was officially announced by the Gunners’ online store, Arsenal Direct after the team agreed a €40m (£34.4m) deal to bring the 22-year-old playmaker to the Emirates Stadium from his homeland.

Arsenal’s announcement soon followed, in which they confirmed that Vieira had signed a ‘long-term deal’ at the Emirates Stadium, which is believed to be a five-year contract.

Portuguese giants, revealed last week that a deal was in place for Vieira to join the Gunners and the Portuguese champions will receive an upfront fee of €35m (£30m).

Vieira wear No.21 jersey at Emirates Stadium, which was previously worn by Calum Chambers before his January exit to Aston Villa.

Speaking to arsenal.com after Vieira’s capture, technical director Edu said: “We’re so pleased to have completed the signing of Fabio from FC Porto. 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.”

Manager Arteta added: “I am very excited that we have identified and signed such a special talent. 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.”

During his announcement video, Portuguese midfielder spoke of his pride at playing for a “huge and historic club”, saying: “I’ve always admired the way Arsenal play.

“There are many players who I remember well from over the years: Dennis Bergkamp, Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla, and Thierry Henry. Arsenal are a huge and historic club. I’m so happy to be here, and I couldn’t be prouder.”