Edu committing his future to Arsenal could help convince several of Mikel Arteta’s transfer targets to join the club. The Gunners announced on Friday that Edu had been promoted to their first sporting director, putting an end to speculation about his future. express sport looks at five transfer targets who could now join after the news.
Interest in Palmeiras’ defensive midfielder Danilo arose in the summer. The Brazilian team was not willing to let him leave in the middle of their domestic season.
Edu’s knowledge of football in his home country has helped Arsenal sign the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Marquinhos in the past. At the age of 21, Danilo could be seen as a long-term successor to Thomas Partey.
Another young Brazilian with whom Arsenal has been linked is center back Renan. The 19-year-old only made his professional debut for Corinthians earlier this year.
However, he has become a regular on his side. Arteta is looking for a left-footed defender to back Gabriel and Edu could help get Renan a deal.
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It’s not just Brazilian players that Edu can help attract to Arsenal. Transfer targets like to see stability in potential new clubs and Edu, compromising his future, provides just that.
Shakhtar Donetsk wants up to £87m for Mudryk, which would break Arsenal’s transfer record. But he has made it clear that a move to the Emirates would appeal to him, so Edu’s commitment can only help matters.
Both Arsenal and Tottenham are linked with a January move for Thuram. The Frenchman can play as a full-back as well as a centre-forward and could be available for as little as £8.7m as his contract with Borussia Monchengladbach expires at the end of the season.
Edu’s departure could have created doubts in Thuram’s mind about the project at Arsenal. But his presence now could convince the multi-talented star to move to the red half of North London.
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