Edu has confirmed that he has held talks with Arsenal over the vacant technical director position.
The Brazilian has been widely touted as the favourite to take up the role but the former Gunners midfielder says he won’t consider his future until after this summer’s Copa America:
“I had a conversation with Arsenal. There’s an interest I was very clear: I am 100% focused on the Copa America. I’m not speaking about absolutely anything because of the Copa America.”
“If, by any chance, you [Arsenal] want to speak to me after the Copa, propose something after the Copa, I will make myself available so that we can talk. As for now, I am fully focused on the Copa.”
Edu is currently Brazil’s general manager, a position he has held since 2016 when he joined the national team setup along with head coach Tite.
After retiring from playing in 2010, the ex-Arsenal star took up a sporting director role at Brazilian club Corinthians as well as helping out Carlos Queiroz during his spell with Iran.
However, Edu isn’t someone who will head up the Gunners’ transfer strategy if he does move to the Emirates. Recent reports suggest long-time scout Francis Cagigao will be promoted to draw up the club’s recruitment plans.
The previous head of recruitment Sven Mislintat resigned from his position in February.