It’s set to be one of the most important transfer windows in years for Arsenal, and former player could be set to return to the club.
After missing out on Monchi and Marc Overmars for the role of technical director, Arsenal have had to widen their search for the man who will take control of the club’s transfers, and it’s now being reported that former player Edu is the man that will take that role.
According to the Mail on Sunday, the former Brazilian international is set to take up the role of technical director at Arsenal following the conclusion of the Copa America this summer, with Edu set to join the club and bring his first player to north London in the form of 17-year-old youngster Gabriel Martinelli.
On paper, the move makes sense with Edu being a former Arsenal man and a player fans remember fondly, but what are the potential consequences of the Brazilian joining the Gunners?
Arsenal reignite the South American link
When it comes to South Americans at Arsenal, the club have had a good history with players from the continent.
From Gilberto Silva to Alexis Sanchez to now Lucas Torreira, the Gunners have always found a way to get the best out of South Americans at the club, and with Edu, their link to the continent will be even greater with his connections to Brazilian clubs and other big teams in the likes of Argentina and Colombia.
With young talent in South American getting more and more expensive, having a figure with a foot in the door will benefit Arsenal greatly and help the club identify talent that other big clubs in Europe would not have spotted.
Emery finds perfect transfer partner
With Edu on board, Unai Emery will find himself with a figure that can help him get the players he wants and in the budget restraints Arsenal have.
With a reported budget of £45 million this summer, the Gunners won’t have a lot to work with this transfer window unless players are sold and big wages are slashed from the payroll, but with Edu and his good track record at Corinthians of identifying good talent for cheap, the Brazilian and Emery could make the perfect pair when it comes to bringing in new players.
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