Arsenal named as one of the suitors for €60m Porto man

Arsenal has, surprisingly, been linked with a move for Porto’s Otavio as they continue their search for attacking reinforcements.

The 27-year-old has been one of the finest players in the Portuguese top flight in the last few seasons.

Bigger European clubs are regularly linked with a transfer for him and Arsenal is the latest.

The Gunners need new forwards after losing the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the last six months.

They now expect to add some new players to their squad in this transfer window and Record via Sport Witness names Otavio as one player that they are interested in signing.

However, the report adds that Porto will only allow him to leave if a suitor triggers his 60m euros release clause because he is a very important player to them.

Just Arsenal Opinion

At 27, Otavio is very experienced, and he is the type of attacker our current team needs.

The Brazil-born forward will be an improvement on some of our options, and we must try to get his signature if Mikel Arteta is certain he will make an impact on his team.

It would be interesting to see how much we would be willing to splash on him and if Porto will eventually reduce their asking price.

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  1. You appear to be focusing on the wrong Porto player as we are apparently signing Fabio Vieira tomorrow…

    1. Any info about him, just curious, is he better than the epl experienced midfielders we were initially linked with like bissouma and tielemans, remember how we signed unknown lokonga, see how he ended up

      1. different type of player to lokonga, Enny. AM with acceleration, a great through ball and an eye for goal. Further along than Lokonga so ready for the first team now, and he will be a real crowd pleaser. If 35-40m is true its a great deal. Definitely not a DM though. Looks like we are again following the City model in that if you press high and have players with great technique and energy, having a specific DM isn’t critical. We want Tieleman still too, so it shouldn.t be dull.

  2. Fabio Viera is the Porto player we are apparently signing. A little surprising or not because he is another lightweight player and of diminutive stature. If it is true and the jesus rumour as well, our forward line will be full of small technical players. We will struggle to score again unless we get a target man and a proper striker. I hope all these rumours are wrong. Not saying they aren’t good players, im saying they are the wrong type. They are stronger than rumours and im not getting excited by what is shaping up. Wenger failed with a philosophy of small technical players and so will Arteta. Please be wrong!!!!!

    1. Nothing satisfy this one, how does small stature translate to been weak and not scoring? One of our weakness last season was creativity in attack, we couldnt open teams defence wen they park the bus, this dude is similar to benerd silva, he possess defence splitting passes and very versatile. The coach knows what he needs in his team and this is just our first signing but u are already complaining

      1. You’ve seen him play have you Fk to suggest he’s potentially great .
        And Reggie is right our forward line will look like Snow White and the seven dwarfs (Arteta being Snow White obviously )

    2. Fabio listed at 5’7 and 128 pounds, not exactly a physically imposing midfielder. A bit concerned how he will perform in the physical PL league.

      Always figured Arteta wasn’t interested in a physical and imposing midfield, prefers smaller technical players suited to his static positioning and possession passing game.

      1. Bernardo silva is 5’8 and can’t be that much different in weight. Odegaard has a small frame too. Think it just comes down to if player has the tenacity and commitment, you can still have a hard working midfield.

      2. Yes agree Durand, its a failure of our previous great manager, he fixed something that was working and broke it by going small and technical. He paid for it dearly.

      1. They have a better manager, better players and a better system. And yes Liverpool have Salah and Mane, they can give the ball too and they keep it. City play a more expansive type of football and have Pep, we dont. Did you watch us attack last season? We were in the bottom 10 of goals scored and chances created. Our style of football last season was putting crosses into the box to nobody in particular. We need a focal point.

        1. Replying to Duran, are you saying Santi Cazorla is not a good football player? Santiago Cazorla is a good football. If not for is injuries

        2. Yup. Urgently. Although Iike Jesus for me he has many of the pro’s and cons of Laca, and we all know how much that limited us ultimately. I think we’d all love a faster incarnation of Giroud, but until we make ECL we either can’t afford them or they won’t come. Jesus for me is a “Steady Eddie” who will neither let us down nor take us stratospheric. But I can’t see us getting anyone guaranteed to be a better option this time round.

    3. So’s Bernardo Silva Reggie and he turned out quite well! I get your point though but he’s a bright prospect at a good price and I’d rather have some quality in depth in the squad that not buy anyone. We are also starting to remind me of that super Ridsdale Leeds side of the 00’s – great quality but too easily blown away, but hope to be wrong!

      1. Small players recently played for Arsenal, always injured, wilshire, Torriera, cazorla and Rosicky, just for starters. We dont protect small players by the way we play.

  3. Just come to a conclusion that it doesn’t matter who we sign be it big, small, experienced, inexperienced, young, old,expensive,inexpensive it would not please everybody here on JA and there will always be somebody who thinks they know better than whoever we have doing the transfer dealings.

  4. Maradona….5’ 5”
    Iniesta…..5’ 7”
    Xavi ……..5’ 7”
    Messi …5’7”
    And closer to home…..Santi Cazorla….5’ 5”

    Big isn’t always better.

    1. Those are some of the best players in the last 15 years, minus Cazorla. Fabio compares size-wise, but how many of that size didn’t work out? Torreira for us fairly recently under Arteta.

      1. Good comparison, Durand. He does look pretty classy for a 22 yo though, and the big ones fail just as often as the small ones in the EPL. I’d rather take a chance with this approach than build another crazy gang -I think…!

    2. None except Cazorla ( who i loved but you cant class him with the rest ) played in the prem. And they were different gravy to what we are talking about here. Give me Ronaldo, Levandoski, Henry, Vierra, Zidanne. I know Zidane and Levandoski haven’t played in the prem. Its about the blend as well.

  5. Modric 5.6 or 172 ctm.The best creative midfielder en la actualidad even at his age.
    For CF at the moment should be Scamata 193 ctm. at 23 years of age.

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