Report: Edu’s son to join Arsenal Academy

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According to Meu Timão, who cover news of Brazilian side Corinthians, Luigi Gaspar, son of Edu, will leave the São Paulo outfit to join Arsenal’s Academy.

The 15-year-old, who has represented Corinthians since he was 8, signed a first contract with the club a year ago, but will now end the arrangement so he can join his father in London.

 

As he’s not yet signed professional terms there will be no fee involved. That said, apparently, FIFA rules state that Corinthians will be entitled to 1% of any future transfer.

In a message posted on Instagram, the youngster wrote: “Well, today I can say that it is one of the hardest days of my life and the hardest decision I have ever made…I don’t even know where to start writing this message but come on!

“Today I am here to inform you when I left S.C. Corinthians, where I was a club where I was raised as a person and as a man, where I spent most of my time in my life, totally dedicated to the club! It’s 8 years of my life wearing this cloak!

“So today, I come to inform everyone that this will be my last day as an athlete of this wonderful club, I wouldn’t say last because I’m sure I’ll always have the doors open here!”

We’ve no idea if Luigi is viewed as a serious prospect or not. We suspect it’s more a case of the Gaspar family unit being kept together. Which is fair enough, really. Good luck to him in London.

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Evaristus
Evaristus

Hmmm

Boom Xhaka Laca
Boom Xhaka Laca

Slightly disappointed he doesn’t go by the name ‘Eduson’.

arseblog
Admin

haha

Damo Dinkum
Damo Dinkum

“The kids can call you Ed-Ju”

Sam
Sam

Is he a forward? Hope we sign someone named Mario and play a 4-4-2 of Mario and Luigi

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

Balotelli is a free agent isn’t he?

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

Remember when we were gonna sign him with puma paying half the transfer fee lol

Ricochet
Ricochet

Nepotism runs through the club !!

First Josh .. Now Luigi !!

Vinai’s son will soon be making deals with Hamleys as our official toy partner.

Chris
Chris

Or just a 15 year old boy following his dad and rest of the family to London. Pretty much the same as any family would if a parent was relocated abroad

Nacho de Montreal is tasty
Nacho de Montreal is tasty

What job will the wife get? All this makes sense. I work for a company in Canada where we recruit from Brazil. Usually the wife or husband finds a job in the company.
The only unacceptable would be like when Mourinho was a very bad player and his father was putting him ahead of others and the owner threatened to fire the dad.

Savage
Savage

Great genes – bring them in!

Andre Santos' car keys
Andre Santos' car keys

In a game where we’ve seen Thorgan, Kylian, and Ethan Hazard all follow Eden to Chelsea, Kaka’s no-name brother on the books at Milan, and the sons of Cruijff and Ferguson flattering to deceive, I don’t find it to be such a big offense.

Andre Santos' car keys
Andre Santos' car keys

My apologies. After double checking apparently Ethan Hazard never jumped to Chelsea. So that’s just the two brothers added as deal-sweeteners and not three.

Goonerrific
Goonerrific

Fancy making him wear a cloak for 8 years, must have been hard work!

A Different George
A Different George

It made him invisible. (It made his father Invincible.)

C.B.
C.B.

Can he play centre back?

Chris
Chris

Eduuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu2

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

‘As a man’ at 15 lol

Richie

Edu believe daddy pulled some strings here.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Based on our “form”, he’ll probably end up being loaned out in a few years and then sold for a tiny fee, or let go for nothing. Good luck to him (while he’s here).

Georgeycharles
Georgeycharles

Good luck to the lad, it’s quite a brave move. Imagine a kid from the UK having to take up a place at an academy in Brazil in similar circumstances . Apart from being the new boy, from another country, there could also be a degree of scrutiny and resentment and it could be quite intimidating.

Giddygun
Giddygun

He’s got to be in Arsenal. His dad had him in when he was at his mecurial best. 2004, the year of the Invincibles.

Giddygun
Giddygun

*His dad had him in 2004, I mean.

Goonereality
Goonereality

The stars are clearly in alignment … he cannot fail! Watch out EPL, hereeeee’s Luigi.

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

Interesting to see how he gets on and how long he’s at the club, he must be of a decent standard to be in the Corinthians youth team and even if he doesn’t make it with us I’m sure there are a host of London clubs who might be keen. Sensible move for the lad

Billy Batts
Billy Batts

Hopes he takes to wearing the Arsenal cloak.

Goonereality
Goonereality

But not the mask … that’s a real scary look.

sami
sami

Stinks of favouritism to be honest. Dont wanna be that guy but really?

Santori
Santori

So this is the kind of scouting for future generations we have him in for. He better get busy with the missus.

Seriously I don’t think we have the best option we can find or should bring in for the club.

Edu is a good chap that may look after our interest but lacks experience.

Unless he can swing and Everton Soares, Martinelli is chump change.

We really needed (had we any ambition) to bring in a Campos at Lille OSC (They are showing more ambition than us)

Some of our moves this summer appear impressive but also run danger of kicking the can down the road others like Saliba have zero effect on current needs And risk to failure.

Prepared to give Edu the benefit of the doubt but not entirely sure what benefit he brings.

gunner17
gunner17

‘am’ma Luigi! am’ma Number Waaan!!’

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

Can he play centre-back?