ARSENAL are reportedly set to announce Fabio Vieira as their second summer signing.
The Porto midfielder is said to be on a plane to London today to complete the deal.
Earlier this week, the Gunners made Sao Paulo winger Marquinhos their first signing of the summer.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus’ agent has reportedly arrived in London, with Arsenal keen to complete a £50million deal.
And the North London outfit have received a huge boost in landing the Brazilian as he is set on joining, according to reports.
Arsenal are also said to be “pushing hardest” to sign Raphinha from Leeds, with Spurs and Chelsea also said to be interested.
And it is claimed that the club are confident of signing Youri Tielemans.
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Arsenal make Jesus transfer priority
Arsenal have placed Gabriel Jesus their No.1 transfer target, according to Fabrizio Romano.
He said to Caught Offside: “Gabriel Jesus is still the main target of Arsenal as of today.
“In the next few hours there will be new contacts to understand if they can reach an agreement or move to other targets.
“There is not only Arsenal on Gabriel, who will leave Man City at 100%. He’s a top player who wants to start matches, and it’s not too surprising to see him take his time over a decision on his future.”
Nketiah signs new deal
Eddie Nketiah has reportedly penned a new deal with Arsenal.
His new contract will see him stay at Arsenal for more than a decade after he joined the club in 2015, according to the Evening Standard.
The striker’s commitment to Arsenal comes after he was linked with a move away from Arsenal this summer.
Arsenal face Scamacca transfer battle
Arsenal may lose out on transfer target Gianluca Scamacca to PSG.
The Gunners have reportedly tabled a £25m bid for the Sassuolo forward.
But PSG’s new transfer chief Luis Campos has held talks with Sassuolo’s director about the star.
Sassuolo director Carnevali told Sky Sport: “Scamacca deal with PSG? Luís Campos is a good friend, we’ve had talks also in Paris for the UCL final.
“Scamacca certainly was one of the names we mentioned”
Fabio Vieira gets glowing review
Arsenal have been given an insight of what they can expect from Emirates-bound Fabio Vieira.
The Porto star has cemented himself in Portugal’s youth setup, and U21 boss Rui Jorge raved about the 22-year-old’s ability in a prior interview.
Jorge enthused last year: “He is a very technically advanced player, he is good at defining, but he needs to improve some aspects of his game in order to become a full-fledged player.
“He knows this and will work on these aspects. Fabio has a great future if he sees fit. I think he wants to be the player he can be. I believe that we can meet a great player.”
Arsenal confident of signing Jesus
Arsenal are reportedly confident of beating Chelsea to signing Gabriel Jesus from Man City.
The Gunners believe Jesus’ relationship with Arteta from when they worked together at City will give them the edge in the transfer race, according to The Times.
However, the Gunners also face competition from Real Madrid who also want the Brazilian, the report adds.
Arsenal close in on Hickey
Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the signing of Bologna full-back Aaron Hickey.
The Emirates will likely be the next best destination for the 20-year-old, according to the Scotsman.
However, the Gunners will have to cough up £18m minimum for Hickey, the report adds.
Art of the deal – Arteta lands Vieira
The idea to sign Fabio Vieira came from Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, the Athletic reports.
Arteta is said to have expressed his admiration of the player to the board for months.
This contracts with usual signings, which Sporting Director Edu tends to take the lead in obtaining.
Remember the name?
While Fabio Vieira rightly has Arsenal fans excited, he will have to be something special to get close to the achievements of the last Gunners midfielder to bear that surname.
We are, of course, talking about France World Cup winner Patrick Vieira.
During his time with the Gunners, the now-Crystal Palace manager won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups as well as being one of the key men in Arsene Wenger’s legendary 2004 Invincibles side.
The new Bruno Fernandes?
Fabio Vieira has played just two seasons at Porto, but he’s already earning comparisons with Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes, writes SunSport’s Mark Irwin.
He adds that talks are underway over personal terms, with a five-year contract on the table and hopes of the deal being wrapped up by the weekend.
Now Arsenal must decide whether to continue their long-standing pursuit of Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, who plays in a much deeper position to Vieira.
Arsenal receive striker blow
Arsenal’s transfer pursuit of Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has been dealt a huge blow.
The Gunners, along with Newcastle, were tracking the attacker last season.
But he has no intention of leaving Italy for England at the moment, according to Gazetta dello Sport.
Morata is said to be happy with Juve where he wants to remain next season, the report adds.
Arsenal’s shrewd business plan
Arsenal will NOT trigger Fabio Vieira’s release clause fee, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The 22-year-old’s exit price is £42m, but the Gunners will only pay £29m upfront, plus £4.2m.
Instead of meeting Vieira’s release price, Arsenal decided to haggle with Porto who are willing to negotiate over the price, Romano added.
Arsenal target speaks on future
Arsenal transfer target Noa Lang has revealed that he wants to leave Club Brugge to further his career.
And the Gunners have received a huge boost in their pursuit of Lang who shut down reports claiming he’s en route to AC Milan.
Lang said on his future: “There is no agreement with AC Milan or anything. I don’t know where this kind of news comes from.
“If I have to report to Club Brugge again, I will do so with all my love. I love the club and will give the full 100 per cent.
“The agreement with Brugge is that it must come to a transfer, both parties agree on that.
“I want to continue to develop and so I have to take a step.”
Fabio Vieira – assist king
Fabio Vieira played a key role for Porto last season.
The 22-year-old was the assist king in the Portuguese league last season.
He managed to provide 14 assists in 27 matches, on par with Gil Vicente ace Pedrinho.
Fabio Vieira transfer broken down
Arsenal will pay Porto £29.8m for Fabio Vieira, plus £4.2m, reports revealed.
The 22-year-old will sign a five-year deal with the Gunners, according to David Ornstein.
His switch to North London was facilitated by super agent Jorge Mendes.
Mendes also played a pivotal role in Nicolas Pepe’s transfer to Arsenal last summer.
Prem interest in Porto star
Man United and Tottenham were also tracking Fabio Vieira, reports claim.
He became a fixture in Porto’s side last season, making 27 appearances in Liga Portugal.
But the Gunners managed to beat Prem rivals United and Spurs to his signature it seems as he heads to London to undergo a medical.
Who is Fabio Vieira?
Fabio Vieira is an attacking midfielder who has sometimes played as a second striker.
The 22-year-old provided 6 goals and 14 assists for Porto last season.
He joined the Portuguese side as a youth in 2008, and scored in his side’s 3-1 over Chelsea in the UEFA Youth League final in 2019.
Interest in Arsenal starlet
Arsenal starlet Jack Henry-Francis is reportedly being chased by three League One clubs.
Oxford United are one of the aforementioned sides who want to bring the 18-year-old in on loan this summer, oxford.vitalfootball reported.
And Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is willing to let Henry-Francis leave, the report also states.
Arsenal set to make signing
Arsenal have reportedly triggered Porto ace Fabio Vieira’s release clause.
The Gunners have launched a £36m bid free Vieira from his contract entanglement, according to the Express.
It is thought that the 22-year-old is traveling to North London to undergo a medical before completing his switch to the capital, the report adds.
Tavares wanted by Atalanta
Arsenal star Nuno Tavares is being chased by Italian club Atalanta.
The Serie A side have been impressed by the defender, and want to bring him in loan, according to Corriere della Sera.
Atalanta will likely try to add an option to buy clause into the deal, but it’s unclear if Arsenal will be open to doing so, the report adds.
Nottingham Forest eye versatile star
Nottingham Forest will step up their efforts to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to Sky Sports.
The player has now returned from his holiday and is reportedly looking to get hooked up with a new club.
The Hale End graduate has fallen down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta. He spent the second half of 2020/21 on loan with West Brom and spent the second half of last season playing under Jose Mourinho at Roma.
It is not clear whether Maitland-Niles will leave on loan once again or if Forest are eyeing a permanent deal.
Payout for former Arsenal striker
Former Gooner Emmanuel Adebayor has landed a half million-pound payday – after Fifa ruled the striker’s club had sacked him unfairly.
He made just four appearances for the Asuncion outfit before Covid-19 halted their season.
Adebayor then failed to return from home country Togo amid travel restrictions.
Olimpia then tore up his one-year contract in June 2020, and the 38-year-old has not played since then.
Fifa’s football tribunal has now ordered Olimpia to pay Adebayor 510,000 dollars (£420,000), plus 12 per cent interest backdated to 2020.
Finish with a flourish
Brighton and Nottingham Forest follow the May 6 game with Newcastle.
Arsenal will once again finish the campaign at the Emirates, with Wolves their last opponent.
Optimistic for 2023?
Arsenal will welcome Newcastle to the capital on Jan 2, before facing Spurs away and United at home.
Arteta will see February and March as an opportunity to pick up points in his quest to secure Champions League football.
They will face no team that finished in the top seven of the Premier League in the 21-22 season.
April promises to be a tough period as they travel to Leeds, Liverpool, West Ham and Manchester City.
And they also will host Southampton and Chelsea in the penultimate month of the season.
A tricky visit to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle on May 6 could prove pivotal if Arsenal are to finish in the top four – oh dear, we’ve heard that before!
An easy August for Arsenal
Arsenal have been handed a favourable start to the 2023-23 Premier League season with the club to play no ‘Big Six’ side in the opening month.
That is a stark contrast to last campaign’s nightmare start where they faced Chelsea and Manchester City in their first three matches.
For the second year running, Arsenal will play away on a Friday night to kick off the new term on August 5.
And they will be desperate avoid a defeat like they did at Brentford last season as they face Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace, who smashed them 3-0 at Selhurst Park in April.
Following the London derby, the Gunners host Leicester, before pitting their wits against newly-promoted sides Bournemouth and Fulham.
They conclude the month with a home clash against Aston Villa, before travelling to Manchester United on September 3 in their first major clash of the campaign.
‘Different vibe between Tottenham and Arsenal’, says Sheringham
Former England international Teddy Sheringham has shamed Arsenal’s season, whilst likening his former Tottenham side to a “lion”.
The Gunners missed out on Champions League qualification to their North London rivals on the final day.
Sheringham spoke with Lord Ping, and said: “There is a totally different vibe between Tottenham and Arsenal; Spurs are fighting like a lion under him, whilst Arsenal faded at the business end of the season.
“Conte is taking his players with him and they are loving the ride.”
Arsenal faded at the business end of the season