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Arsenal To Rival Manchester United For This Porto Midfielder: What Will He Bring To North London?

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In a recent report, Record mentioned that Arsenal are set to rival Manchester United for Porto midfielder Vitinha this summer. It has been stated that the Gunners are open to paying £34.7m to acquire the services of the Portuguese midfield ace in this off-season.

Vitinha’s Impressive Rise In Portuguese Football Last Season

The 22-year-old was a regular feature at the heart of Porto’s midfield and deserves credit for producing a handful of impressive displays over the past ten months. Vitinha scored four times and secured five assists in 47 matches for the Portuguese talent last season in multiple competitions.

The three-time Portugal international gave a good account of himself at the heart of Porto’s midfield as he averaged 1.6 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 2.1 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in Liga Portugal. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball from midfield after making 90.3% of his attempted passes in the Portuguese top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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What Will Vitinha Bring To Arsenal This Summer?

Vitinha is a solid tackler of the ball and can sense the danger quickly to secure the ball back for his team at the centre of the park. The Portuguese sensation can strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range and has got the vision to cut open the opposition defence with a killer pass in the final third. He can even make a few intelligent runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty area when he is playing well on the field.

Someone of Vitinha’s skillset and potential will be an exciting addition to Mikel Arteta‘s squad this summer. We can expect Vitinha to bring more energy and dynamism to Arsenal‘s midfield department.

The Porto midfield enforcer could go on to become a real fan favorite at the Emirates Stadium if the Gunners can successfully get him on board during this summer transfer window. With all things considered, Arteta should try everything in his power to bring Vitinha to the North London club. However, there are some concerns over whether he can maintain his good form in England where he might struggle to cope with the physical nature and high intensity of Premier League football.

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