During the team’s preseason trip, Arsenal technical director Edu was open and honest about the club’s transfer policy and how to advance the Gunners in the soon-to-be-starting season.
On Monday, Edu, the technical director at Arsenal, dominated the news when he discussed the club’s recent financial woes, his transfer policy, and how he plans to prevent repeating them.
Nicolas Pepe, the Gunners’ club-record signing, was frightened by his remarks, even though he has no plans to sell Bukayo Saka anytime soon. Even though the former Lille star has stated his desire to succeed at the Emirates, he has not lived up to his price tag in North London and is reportedly up for grabs this summer.
Bukayo Saka served as an excellent example of Edu’s transfer strategy, which he used to explain how Arsenal would replace any players who might be traded in the future. Even though he downplayed how active the club would be in the transfer market just last year, Arsenal’s technical director has presided over a hectic summer of business.
Rival Premier League clubs are starting to scout for the versatile England international Saka as his contract is about to expire after less than two years. Even though Edu is adamant that the 20-year-old is playing it safe, he used him, as an illustration, to stress how crucial it is to have a backup in place before a player departs the Emirates.
Given that Edu and Nicolas Pepe appear to disagree about the latter’s future, a storm may be developing in North London. After a disappointing three seasons at Arsenal following his £72 million transfer from Lille, the Ivory Coast winger is determined to finally establish himself.
Pepe, 27, has been strongly linked with a move elsewhere this summer, so Edu’s apparent implication that he has no future at the Gunners is not altogether unexpected. The Brazilian gave a blunt assessment of Arsenal’s previous transfer transgressions, saying that while he has no issue with a player earning a large salary as long as he is performing, the only issue is when that player is 26 or older, earning a large salary, and not contributing to the team’s success.