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Arsenal are closing in on a £30million (N15.5billion) deal to sign Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira in what would represent their first major signing of the summer window.

The 22-year-old, a Portugal Under-21 international, is expected to undergo a medical on Friday before signing a five-year contract.

Vieira, a versatile attacking midfielder, came through the youth ranks at Porto and helped them win the Portuguese title last season.

Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his squad and Arsenal are believed to have offered Porto an initial fee of around £30million before add-ons.

Vieira enjoyed a breakthrough year last season, amassing six goals and 14 assists in 27 league appearances for Porto.

No Arsenal player was involved in as many goals during the 2021-22 Premier League campaign and Vieira would join a promising group of creative talents including Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard.

Arteta has already signed teenage forward Marquinhos but the arrival of Vieira would be a huge boost, given Arsenal’s Big Six rivals have moved quickly to strengthen in key areas.

Arteta is looking to add more attacking reinforcements over the summer after missing out on Champions League football.

By Amara

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