Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Edu returns to Arsenal to take up technical director role

Edu returns to Arsenal to take up technical director role

Edu meanwhile commented: "We have a strong squad and some very talented young players with fantastic people at every level".

However, reports today claim that it is the Ligue 1 club who have got their wish, with the France U20 global set to stay Stade Geoffroy-Guichard for a further 12 months before completing a £26.5m move to Arsenal in 2020.

Arsenal's head of football Raul Sanllehi feels Edu "understands the club" and will bring "great experience and technical football knowledge" to the club.

Despite tough spells throughout the season, Emery did lead Arsenal to the Europa League final and only narrowly missed out on a Champions League place by finishing 5th in the Premier League.

All in all, it does look like a chance Real Madrid are taking with Mariano Diaz by offering him to Arsenal, who they know are desperate for a forward option.

The ex-midfielder moves to the Emirates after helping Brazil to their first Copa America win in 12 years in the role of general coordinator.

Arsenal say that Edu will "coordinate the work of our first team coaching group, the academy and player scouting and recruitment in order to oversee the constant building up and efficient strengthening of our squad".

Arsenal, whose transfer budget wasn't exactly huge this summer, have chose to bank on the future rather than the present with this one, allowing the youngster to develop further before joining Unai Emery's team.

He is expected to become their second summer signing following the capture of Brazilian starlet Gabriel Martinelli.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is looking to strengthen several areas of his squad this summer but with an allocated £45million transfer budget he has been restricted as to which players he can target.

The report goes on to add that Arsenal will loan back Saliba to Saint-Etienne for the 2019-20 season as part of their deal to sign the exciting French talent.

Arsenal achieved invincibility during the 2003/04 season.

However, the fact that the Gunners are believed to have failed in bids for Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney and Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha seems to suggest that they do not have great resources this summer.

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