Edu, or Edu Gaspar as he’s better known, played for Arsenal for four years between 2001 and 2005. He was a decent player back in the day, but in the wake of his playing years, he seems to have carved out a pretty successful second career for himself in the world of football. At this moment in time, he is currently known for being the technical director of Arsenal Football Club – which isn’t a bad job title to have at the age of just 41.
Arsenal are set to complete the signing of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne, according to David Ornstein of the BBC, arguably the most reliable journalist when in comes to the Gunners.
The fee that will see the 18-year-old centre-back become an Arsenal player is set at €30 million (around £27 million) which the club will be paying in installments. In that way they will ensure that the transfer doesn’t bear much influence on their budget for this summer’s window of around £45 million.
Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano Futebol Clube, subject to the completion of regulatory processes.
The Gunners had been linked with the 18-year-old for several months now, with Brazilian outlet reporting it back in March. Since joining the Campeonato Paulista (top-flight professional football league in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo) side, he has made 34 professional appearances for them in all competitions after making his first team debut at the age of 16, finding the opposition net 10 times. During that time, he had trial spells with the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona.
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,’
Eduardo Cesar Daude Gaspar, better known to us all as Edu, has agreed a deal in principal to become the technical director at Arsenal, according to The Guardian.
Edu spent four years at the club (from 2001 to 2005), making 127 appearances overall and scoring 20 goals in all competitions in that time. He won two Premier League titles with the Gunners (2002 and 2004), as well as an FA Cup double (2002, 2005). He is currently employed by the Brazilian FA as the coordinator of their national teams.
According to various reports, Eduardo Cesar Daude Gaspar has jumped to the front of the queue in Arsenal’s pursuit of a new technical director.
The hierarchy at the club has seen a lot of changes over the last 12 months. The trio of Raul Sanllehi, Ivan Gazidis and Sven Mislintat started a fresh project together, and the first significant change they made was the appointment of Unai Emery as the manager instead of the legendary Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman had spent 22 years in north London.
According to various newspaper reports, including the Independent, Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is set to quit his position at the club. The German has been in the position just over a year after arriving at the club in November 2017 from Dortmund. Reports suggest that former Gunners midfielder Edu
A transfer supremo
Mislintat was labelled as some sort of transfer supremo when he arrived at the club. He built an excellent reputation for himself at Dortmund, helping to spot many of the stars of Jurgen Klopp’s team that thrived earlier in the decade.
It’s always interesting to see what ex-players do after their days of playing the beautiful game, especially in the modern age. A lot of us, as fans, would’ve grown up not even realising that the majority of the biggest non-playing figures actually did play professionally back in the day. Of course, there are some members in the industry that didn’t, but that tends to be much rarer.