English Premier League outfit Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement with Portuguese Primeira Liga side FC Porto to sign attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira.
The Gunners are understood to have made the breakthrough in negotiations with the Portuguese giants for the 22 year-old in the last couple of hours, with the player now due to travel to England for a medical ahead of a switch to North London.
According to Portuguese journalist Pedro Sepulveda, Vieira is now on his way to Arsenal in what could prove to be a major coup for manager Mikel Arteta and Edu.
The player’s release clause stands at £36million but according to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal’s proposal is worth around £29 million pounds plus add-ons. Porto are seemingly prepared to accept, with final details on payment terms set to be discussed.
Vieira had reportedly been attracting interest from Liverpool prior to Arsenal’s agreement with Porto.
The Portuguese U-21 international is said to be ‘dreaming’ of Premier League football, an ambition he could now be set to fulfil this summer.
He is set to sign a five-year deal with Arsenal, where he will hope to play a significant role under Arteta as they look to seal their return to the UEFA Champions League next season.
Vieira has reportedly accepted Arsenal’s proposal and they are a club he would be more than happy to join.
Arsenal are continuing to thrash out the final formalities surrounding the deal, as they put plans in place to welcome Vieira in north London. The same applies to Youri Tielemans, though the Gunners are yet to firm up their interest in the Leicester midfielder.
It’s currently unclear whether their pursuit of Vieira would impact their interest in Tielemans, who could leave Leicester City this summer.
Arsenal have had a slow start to their summer transfer window business, but have thus far managed to seal the capture of 19 year-old winger Marquinhos from Sao Paulo.