Later News Jun 16

Arsenal set to sign Vieira 2.0


After spending over 17 years trying – and failing miserably – to replace the force of nature that is Patrick Vieira, it appears Arsenal have finally got their man.

 

The second coming of Vieira at Arsenal, however, does not come in the form of a tall, imposing French international who, even in retirement, is a badass on the pitch

 

WATCH: Vieira inducted into the EPL Hall of Fame

 

Rather, Arsenal’s next Vieira is a diminutive playmaker from Portugal who scored nine goals and provided 16 assists in 39 appearances for Porto last season.

 

That impressive return was enough to convince Gunners to sign Fabio Vieira in a deal worth up to €40 million (S$68m), with the 22-year-old expected to fly to London on Friday morning (SGT) to complete his medical and finalise his five-year contract.

 

News of the imminent arrival of Vieira will be music to the ears of not only Arsenal fans, but also the marketing team of the English Premier League (EPL), because as fate would have it, Vieira could potentially make his debut for Mikel Arteta’s side against – you guessed it – Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace, with both sides set to play each other in the opening match of the season.

 

WATCH: Porto's rising star Fabio Vieira

 

Given that we live in the era of mass social media, that the signing of Vieira has come completely out of left field – there were absolutely no reports linking the player with a move to the Emirates Stadium – is an achievement in itself, although it would be safe to say that it has been well-received by the Arsenal faithful.

 

Arsenal have also been closely linked with moves for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielamans, as well as Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus.

 

WATCH: Fabio Vieira's evolution at Porto

 

Meanwhile, their Europa League comrade and fellow top-four contender, Manchester United, continue their ongoing quest to monitor/be interested in/admire Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, in the hopes that their constant flattering of the Dutch midfielder might convince him to make the step down.

 

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