Liverpool can afford to leave Fabio Vieira to Arsenal after securing a deal of their own. The Reds welcome a ‘top talent’ next month.
Arsenal are about to sign Fabio Vieira from FC Porto, it seems. The 22-year-old playmaker will joining the Gunners for around £34m, per the Athletic, after a breakout season.
This time last year, Vieira had barely played first-team football but a wonderful campaign with Portugal Under 21s put him on the map. The youngster won Best Player at the U21 Euros – a sign that he had something special, despite his lack of experience.
Vieira ended up with 14 assists in the Primeira Liga last season as Porto gave him a proper chance. That’s enough for Arsenal to invest heavily in him – and that might feel like a missed opportunity for Liverpool.
Reports in Portugal last year suggested the Reds wanted Vieira but didn’t quite justify a deal. That’s understandable, given his lack of first-team football for a 21-year-old. After proving himself, though, there was every chance Liverpool would finally make their move.
But we think a deal for another ‘top talent’ meant they didn’t need to rival Arsenal here.
Fabio Vieira to Arsenal
Liverpool will introduce a Portuguese playmaker this summer but it won’t be Vieira. Instead, they’ve struck a deal for Fabio Carvalho.
Per Sky Sports, they’ll pay Fulham £5m plus add-ons for a player who lit up the Championship last season. This is a much, much cheaper deal than Arsenal’s, then, but Liverpool will hope they’re getting a player with just as much talent.
After all, Carvalho is over two years younger than Vieira and has achieved far more than his compatriot at this stage of his career. While there’s no guarantee that he’ll improve at the same dramatic rate, suggestions are that Carvalho has the potential to reach the very top.
“I think he has a brilliant career in front of him,” said Fulham boss Marco Silva, per the Athletic. “He is a top, top talent in my opinion.
“Unfortunately for me, I probably arrived a little bit late in this football club. With more time, he would have renewed his contract before. Definitely.”
Liverpool will feel that this is a far better deal, then. They’ve paid £30m less than Arsenal reportedly will for Vieira but attained a player who might be just as good. Certainly, there’s no guarantee that the Porto player adjusts to English football as Carvalho has.
The Reds take a much smaller risk for potentially a better player. While we like Vieira and think he’s a great talent, Liverpool can certainly afford to leave him for Arsenal.