Former Arsenal midfielder Edu has confirmed that he has held talks with the north London club about becoming the next technical director. However, he has stated that he is currently concentrating on his role in the technical director of the Brazilian national team, with the Copa America this summer.
Edu is reportedly the Gunners preferred target to take the role after the highly-rated Monchi returned to his former club Roma after a stint with Roma in Italy.
Waiting until after the Copa America
Edu is quoted by the Metro as saying: ‘I had a conversation with Arsenal. There’s an interest,’
‘I was very clear: ‘I am 100% focused on the Copa America. I’m not speaking about absolutely anything because of the Copa America. ‘If by any chance, you [Arsenal] want to speak to me after the Copa, propose something after the Copa, I will make myself available so that we can talk. As for now, I am fully focused on the Copa.’
It seems pretty clear that at this point in time he is not ready to take the Gunners job. The Copa kicks off in mid-June and finishes in July. With the European transfer window not officially opening until July 1st, it would still give the Brazilian time to identify possible transfer targets and bring in players before the season starts, but it is not really ideal.
A big job this summer
The technical director’s job usually involves scouting players and talking to the first coach about which players they wish to sign. Whoever lands the role of technical director at Arsenal could have a big job on their hands this summer.
Reportedly, the north London clubs transfer budget will once again be around the £40million mark. That fee is more like a whip-around than a transfer kitty by Premier League standards. A number of Premier League clubs will probably sign single players for that fee.
Underdogs for the Europa League final
Qualifying for the Champions League by winning the Europa League would obviously boost the transfer coffers. However, the Gunners are odds of 5/4 to beat Chelsea in the final of the competition.
A Europa League triumph would mean progress, but there is still plenty of work to do to get the team ready for another tilt at the top-four next season. Whether Edu returns to the club or not this summer, the Gunners need to be wise with their investments to have a chance of claiming a top-four spot next season.
Will Edu return to Arsenal as technical director this summer?