The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has issued a statement confirming that Edu, the general co-ordinator of the national team, has received an offer from an English club.
Arsenal want Edu, who spent four years at Highbury, to become the club’s Technical Director and it was widely reported yesterday that he will take up the role when this summer’s Copa America ends.
The CBF statement reads: “Co-ordinator Edu Gaspar has a current contract with the CBF until the end of the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
“Edu Gaspar informed the CBF that he received an offer from an English club but explained at the moment that he is solely focused on Brazil’s matches at the Copa America.
“The CBF, therefore, denies any speculations around names for the position of co-ordinator. We’re clear about the qualities required for this position which brings together an administrative capacity and experience on the field.”
This sounds like a done deal to us. After the failed quest for Monchi, at least it’s one problem solved, although quite where we’ll be in the transfer market once Edu formally takes on his new role remains to be seen.
We look forward to Edu’s return. The man has a big job on his hands.