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Exclusive Fabrizio Romano column: Arsenal transfer announcement “imminent”, Chelsea negotiations “underway”

The latest edition of Fabrizio Romano’s exclusive transfer news column is here, with major updates on an imminent Arsenal signing, talks over Chelsea replacing Romelu Lukaku, plus setting the record straight on some intriguing rumours involving Cristiano Ronaldo and Erling Haaland.

Fabio Vieira to Arsenal is imminent – here’s some background on the deal…

The announcement for Fabio Vieira at Arsenal is imminent, the deal is set to be completed for €35m plus €5m add-ons. Fabio will sign for five years.

It is a deal strongly wanted by manager Mikel Arteta because he is convinced that the Portuguese youngster can be a key player for the present and future of the club. You can see from the way he plays that he has quality on the ball, and great intelligence. In my opinion, this is going to prove to be a shrewd piece of business.

Fabio Vieira transfer could be announced by Arsenal imminently

I think we’re seeing a good transfer strategy coming together at Arsenal: there is always great harmony with the ideas of the director Edu Gaspar. The scouting department had been monitoring him for more than a year, but Arteta’s opinion was decisive in completing the deal quickly.

There was an Italian big club interested, but there was never an official offer. Arsenal’s interest was strongest, and they’ve moved quickly to get it done. Not long to wait now, Arsenal fans.

Chelsea have held initial talks over signing Raheem Sterling

Chelsea have Raheem Sterling high on their list for the attack. Negotiations are underway through intermediaries and not yet direct between clubs. Chelsea have approached Man City with an offer of €25m plus add-ons, but there is no possibility for this fee – Man City would like almost €55/60m for Sterling.

I expect talks will continue because City are now ready to let Raheem go. He’s been a great player for the club, but with just one year left on his contract, it’s a good time to sell.

As for Chelsea, I’m sure Sterling can be a…

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