Arsenal enter talks to prevent two European suitors snatching pivotal figure whose influence is becoming critical

Edu, Arsenal technical director, September 2021

Arsenal have been busy looking into contract renewals for a number of players recently, and the latest man in line for talks with the club has been identified in a report.

Things have been going well for Arsenal over the past few months. Naturally, it has become a good time for them to start thinking about convincing some of their key figures to stay for the long term.

Defender Gabriel Magalhaes recently signed a contract renewal with the club. Arsenal are also looking into extending the stays of players like Bukayo Saka, William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli.

Above them, the club are now in discussions with someone who has played a key role in making the current squad successful.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are talking to their technical director Edu about a long-term contract of his own.

Edu, who played for the club as a midfielder between 2001 and 2005, has been working as their technical director since July 2019, when he became the first ever incumbent of the role.

In the time since, he has helped to build a strong squad for Mikel Arteta, who led the club to the FA Cup and Community Shield trophies in 2020.

Just in the most recent transfer window, Arsenal signed the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira.

Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League, having seemingly found the right formula. Even if they do not stay there, a return to Champions League territory is looking more attainable.

Therefore, it seems they trust Edu to keep making important decisions about how the squad should look.

There could be some urgency about their plans. After all, the Daily Mail claims that two unnamed European giants are interested in making use of Edu’s services themselves.

Edu happy to continue commitment to Arsenal

However, it looks likely that Edu will commit his future to Arsenal, since he remains happy working for them.

They will hope to come to an agreement to give themselves a boost for the months ahead.

Edu could already be busy in January again, when it has been reported that Arsenal will have a transfer budget of £50million to spend. Finding another midfielder and an extra winger are supposedly on the agenda.

With a positive recent track record, hopes will be high that Edu and Arsenal can settle on some useful reinforcements midway through the season.

And Edu’s help to them could continue in years beyond then, which would be useful for their stability and sustainability.

He previously worked in off-field roles with Corinthians and the Brazil national team. Building up a respectable body of work, Edu will hope to conduct further impressive business in north London.

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