Arsenal are reportedly not ‘ruling out’ a January loan exit for outcast midfielder Fabio Vieira. The Gunners might need to offload players in the winter window if they are to complete moves for big-money signings.
Departure Not Ruled Out
According to reports, Arsenal is “ruling out” letting out of misfit midfielder Fabio Vieira on loan in January. In order to make room for high-profile additions. The Gunners may have to let go of players during the winter transfer window.
Vieira has had difficulty staying consistent after leaving Porto in the summer of 2022 for a fee of £34 million. The Portuguese star’s career has stagnated this season after Kai Havertz joined the team.
The season’s early optimism has already faded, as Vieira was substituted off for a shoddy tackle during Arsenal’s 3-1 victory against Burnley the previous weekend. The 23-year-old may now leave the Emirates Stadium on a temporary basis in January.
Transfer Links for Fabio Vieira
The offensive midfielder is in links to Marseille, a French team. Still, a transfer may depend on a shift in the boardroom.
Mehdi Benatia, Marseille’s new sporting director, may have the last say over whether or not to sign Vieira, according to Fabrizio Romano. However, it appears that Arsenal has not yet determined which players would depart during the winter transfer window.
Despite making an impression off the bench in a 2-2 draw with Fulham and a 3-1 triumph over Manchester United later that month, Vieira has only started two Premier League games this season. After the second match, Vieira’s coach at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, stated that “something had changed” with him, giving the impression that the player may get greater playing time.
He is Different
He said, “Every player has the opportunity to do that.” “Today, we made the decision to begin with Kai since we knew Fabio would make a significant contribution, particularly in the closing moments if we needed anything.
“You can see that Fabio has changed from last year when he walks in front of the audience. Something has shifted with him. He is a more experienced member of the team, has greater maturity, and exudes confidence in the group, so I’m glad I have those possibilities.”
Instead, Vieira’s struggles to get consistent minutes were similar to those of the last few months of the season. Arteta said in February that Portugal was giving him a “selection headache,” yet he was only starting twice more.
The potential departure of Vieira may provide room at the Emirates Stadium for a new recruit. In the January transfer window, Arsenal has been heavily connected to both Ivan Toney and Victor Osimhen as forwards.