Edu says Arsenal are having to bide their time in the transfer market as the financial implications of Covid-19 play out across Europe’s top leagues.
The Gunners moved quickly to secure Brazilian duo Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes having already done deals for Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares off the back of their January loans. It’s no secret that Mikel Arteta wants to strengthen in other areas of the pitch, primarily midfield, but we need to fund any such purchases with the sales of existing players or decent loan fees.
About a third of the first team squad, including Emi Martinez, Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Mohamed Elneny, Matteo Guendouzi and Alex Lacazette, have been linked with exits – but in a suppressed market, the club have yet to receive bids that they deem up to scratch.
While contact has been made with potential recruits, it looks as though getting deals done will go down to the wire. The window for English clubs to do business with those in the Premier League and abroad, closes on 6 October.
“The market right now is a challenging one,” Edu told Arsenal Digital. “Everybody is waiting, everybody wants to do swaps, everybody is talking about loans.
“Where we have to be prepared is with what we really need to receive from the outside. For example many clubs are asking me or talking to me about loan players or swap players but I am not seeing they are really prepared to do the kind of things they are asking me.
“For me what is important internally is that we have a clear plan on the players we want to keep, the players we want to loan and the players we want to sell.
“After that we have to be patient, to understand how the markets are reacting and wait a little bit more to make the right decision.”