Arsenal chief Edu is ‘difficult to say no to’ with Mikel Arteta backed for big signings

Arsenal technical director Edu is “difficult to say no to” if you are a Brazilian transfer target of Mikel Arteta, according to Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol. Former Arsenal midfielder Edu has been in his current role since leaving a similar position with the Brazil national team in the summer of 2019. However, the 42-year-old now has more power in terms of transfers following the departure of head of football relations Raul Sanllehi earlier this month.

Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.

The Gunners have already signed a Brazilian this summer, with former Chelsea star Willian arriving on a free transfer.

Edu also played a role in bringing David Luiz and Gabriel Martinelli to the club a year ago.

And Solhekol says Edu’s influence helps head coach Arteta get the players he wants.

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“Of course we’ve seen Raul Sanllehi leave the club and now what we see is this sort of access at Arsenal,” Solhekol said on Sky Sports News.

“The power rests, when it comes to the football side of the operation, with Edu and Mikel Arteta.

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“They’re obviously working very, very closely together and I think Edu has got a really, really big draw.

“Of course he was the, not the manager of the Brazil national team, but he oversaw the Brazil national team for a few years.

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“If you’re a Brazilian player and Edu calls you and says ‘Come to Arsenal, look what I achieved at Arsenal, everything is here for you to develop as a player’, it’s difficult to say no to him.

“That’s why we’re seeing Arsenal signing these kinds of players.”

Meanwhile, Ligue 1 football expert Jonathan Johnson can see Gabriel being a success at Arsenal alongside 19-year-old William Saliba.

“It would be a pairing of two very good, very promising central defensive talents and potentially a partnership which could serve Arsenal for the best part of the next 10 years,” Johnson told the Transfer Talk podcast.

“Saliba’s season with Saint-Etienne was mixed, obviously the Ligue 1 season was brought to a premature close because of the COVID crisis, he had a few injuries as well and it was a shame he was not granted the chance to play in the Coupe de France final before finishing his loan spell, it would have been a good way for him to go.

“But he’s shown when he plays he has a lot of talent, a lot of potential, he is fulfilling quite a bit of that already, he has impressive maturity for his age, and I think he would pair well with Gabriel.”

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