Arsenal are closing in on bringing former midfielder Edu back to the club as their technical director, according to the Daily Mail.
They report that the 41-year-old is currently at the Copa America with Brazil, but they have agreed to waive the £6 million compensation fee that could have put the blockers on his return to the club.
The report says that Arsenal’s relatively modest transfer budget would have made paying £6 million for a new technical director a huge call.
But now talks have progressed to the point that his arrival is described as ‘inevitable’ as soon as the tournament is over.
It’s a huge summer in terms of recruitment for Arsenal and it’s imperative that they use their limited funds as wisely as possible to give Unai Emery a squad capable of getting into the top four once again.
Getting the right team behind the scenes is vital in this day and age – effective recruitment is too broad and challenging a task to be managed by just the club’s manager these days.
Edu needs to take to his new role like a duck to water – and it’s also important that his role is clearly defined in order to ensure the wheels are in fluid motion behind the scenes, as opposed to too many overlapping figures slowing the process down.