It’s another day in the football world, which means another player is linked to Liverpool Football Club.
The rumours have been coming thick and fast this window after The Reds moved in quickly and captured the signature of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
Since then, it has all been quiet on the western front, with only links and rumours keeping eager Liverpool fans waiting and speculating on further additions as we all salivate and refresh our Twitter feeds on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis.
Patson Daka, Youri Tielemanns, Jeremy Doku, Raphinha and many more have had their names aligned with Liverpool’s over the past few weeks; today another name was added to that ever-growing list… Fabio Vieira.
According to reports from Portuguese journalist Bruno Andrade, Liverpool are looking to recruit the 21-year-old midfielder from Porto after the young rockstar enjoyed a sensational outing at the U21 European Championships.
Liverpool have been quoted as a club ‘not in the market for a Gini Wijnaldum replacement’ and that 'a forward is higher up on the agenda' of incoming entertainers for the red team on Merseyside; but as we have seen before, if a player becomes available on the Liverpool scouting list, Liverpool will act.
So who exactly is Fabio Vieira?
The midfield playmaker has an impressive resume for a footballer so early in his professional career.
Vieira has a league medal in his trophy cabinet already after Porto won the Primeira Liga in 2019/2020 and his native U21 side came runners-up in the European Championships a few weeks ago.
The Portugal Under 21 coach Rui Jorge described Vieira as a ‘very technically advanced player’ with a ‘great future ahead' following his inspiring Euro outing.
Individually his CV is even more impressive: Vieira has been named in the UEFA Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament (2019) and has been selected for the UEFA Under-21 Championship Team of the Tournament in back-to-back seasons (2020 and 2021).
If Meatloaf said two out of three ain't bad, wait until he witnesses this ballers three from three.
Vieira was also given the honor of being voted as the Player of the Tournament in the U21 European Championships, despite his Portuguese team finishing second to Germany.
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Vieira contributes well in the final third of the pitch in his build up play and provided a key assist in the semi-final 1-0 win over Spain.
The Portuguese playmaker is a promising player who is comfortable in an attacking role but also has that much needed acceleration to elude defenders in the middle of the park with his skill and guile.
Klopp has lacked a number 10 since Coutinho left for greener pastures (or not so green, in the end) and with his rare formation change to a 4-2-3-1 last season, maybe this is the final piece of the proverbial puzzle?
Whilst playing through the middle of midfield is his predominant trade, Vieira will also appeal to Jurgen Klopp with his versatility.
The whizkid has played on both flanks and is comfortable in a deeper midfield role too.
A hybrid in that Liverpool midfield is exactly what Klopp would be looking for; especially in the sense of an attacking one since Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s struggles for fitness are well documented.
Transfermarkt value Vieira at £8.1m, which just the type of signing Fenway Sports Group like: affordable, young, versatile and will come in with a high ceiling of potential.
Vieira's current contract expires next summer, and although Porto are looking to offer their bright star a new deal, if Liverpool’s interest is genuine the Portuguese team may have their hand twisted in offloading the rising star this summer, or risk losing the midfielder on a free next season.
Fabio Vieira is adept at long balls and is great with the ball at his feet; he featured 19 times for Porto last season, registering three starts and gaining one assist in the league.
Whilst not the finished article by any means, it could potentially be a signing that is one to bring in for the future.
Klopp does have first choice starters in the midfield with Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Curtis Jones all experienced in first team football, so Vieira could very well be bled into the Liverpool way, much like Andy Robertson and Fabinho were.
In short, Vieira is not a player who would immediately go into Liverpool’s starting XI, but he has the potential to get there.
Marko Gruijic Involvement
It has been rumoured that Marko Grujic is heading in the other direction, leaving England for Portugal this summer. It could be a deal that sweetens the Porto hierarchy and (if all goes well with the Grujic sale) will put Michael Edwards in pole position to land the youngster.
Edwards has a great reputation amongst many clubs across Europe, having one more positive relationship with the Porto superiors may be extremely beneficial in the not-too-distant future.
Vieira could also be part of the Grujic deal, with Liverpool accepting a lower fee than the £15m they are demanding for Grujic's departure, with Vieira donning the famous red of Liverpool in a cash plus player deal for the Serbian.
It is a rumour and indeed a player to keep your eyes on. With Liverpool being linked to so many players it is difficult to keep up with them all, but Vieira is an exciting talent and is growing with every performance.
The future seems bright for this young starlet wherever he plays his football next season, whether Porto or Liverpool, we shall no doubt find out in the coming months.