Fabio Vieira: Arsenal inbound transfer slammed as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘unbelievable’ by ex-Porto candidate


Former Porto presidential candidate Uno Lobo has become the latest to criticize the deal to take Fabio Vieira to Arsenal.

The 22-year-old will become Mikel Arteta’s first major signing of the season after the Portuguese giants confirmed a relatively off-the-cuff £34million sale, with the midfielder himself vowing “only work, work, work”.

A key Porto player as he reclaimed the title at Sporting Lisbon, the Portugal Under-21 international scored 6 goals and provided 14 assists in 27 La Liga appearances.

Last week, another former presidential candidate in the form of Fernando Rio went so far as to suggest that Porto’s agreement to a fee lower than Vieira’s release clause – believed to be around 50 million euros ( around £42.3m) – could impact manager Sergio Conceicao’s future.

Now, with the deal getting even closer, Lobo told Bola Branca he doesn’t “understand” the decision to sell Vieira for the price in question, believing the idea of ​​him leaving for so little was both “ridiculous” and “unbelievable”.

“He is one of the best players in FC Porto and leaving for this fee is a bad deal,” said Lobo, third in the 2020 presidential elections.

“We are talking about one of the jewels of FC Porto, one of the players who came out of our academy. The DNA of FC Porto.

“We lost him. That’s another matter that I don’t understand.

“We are talking about ridiculous values ​​for players who represent and are FC Porto.

“They are from our academy and we let them go for an incredible fee.”

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