The 18-year-old Portugal youth international, who just won the U19 European Championships with his country this week, signed a three-year contract.
He has presumably been brought in to compete with Mateusz Hewelt as the third-string 'keeper behind Jordan Pickford and Maarten Stekelenburg and with Chris Renshaw and Joe Hilton for the first-choice slot in David Unsworth's Under-23s team.
Virginia joined the Gunners from Benfica three years ago and built a good reputation in the North London club's youth setup, playing his first games for their U23s last season.
He was regarded as a strong future prospect at the Emirates so there were raised eyebrows at Arsenal at the decision to let him move to Goodison Park.
"I am really happy to be at Everton," Virginia said today. "I hope to learn a lot from the goalkeepers here, Jordan Pickford, who had a great season and World Cup and Maarten Stekelenburg, who is very experienced, too.
“This is a great opportunity for me.”
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1 Posted 03/08/2018 at 17:32:04
2 Posted 03/08/2018 at 17:34:08
5 Posted 03/08/2018 at 17:43:30
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7 Posted 03/08/2018 at 17:45:20
Playing centre back in a Marco Silva team..?
8 Posted 03/08/2018 at 17:50:29
11 Posted 03/08/2018 at 18:12:32
13 Posted 03/08/2018 at 18:39:19
The M&M revolution, in motion. Lets hope x2 proven CBs at least along with a top midfielder who can play... and not from United.
Dream on, and that is as good as it is.
16 Posted 03/08/2018 at 18:51:03
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23 Posted 03/08/2018 at 19:43:14
Very young still but I think if he does well he might be our number 2 by end of the season or certainly Im not too distant future.
24 Posted 03/08/2018 at 19:45:33
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28 Posted 03/08/2018 at 20:22:27
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35 Posted 03/08/2018 at 21:09:35
For what it's worth, I'll say he has a confident "Look" about him. Even in the photo.
Some highlights: Link
36 Posted 03/08/2018 at 21:27:34
That has stuck, lets hope the lad sticks and does well at EFC.
40 Posted 03/08/2018 at 22:52:24
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43 Posted 04/08/2018 at 00:18:30
No pun offered but cant help thinking that João Virginia looks like Joel Robless lovechild. Had to put it out there, despite the fact that he might be a great signing...
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47 Posted 04/08/2018 at 09:51:53
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51 Posted 04/08/2018 at 05:45:49
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