Arsenal technical director Edu Gaspar has reportedly been spotted boarding a flight to Spain, sparking excitement among club fans that another transfer could be in the works. The Gunners have already spent £120million this summer but the sight of Edu heading to Valencia on Sunday would suggest their deal is far from done.
The Arsenal supremo’s apparent jaunt to Europe, which has surfaced on Reddit, comes just hours after Arsenal swept past Leicester 4-2 to make it two wins from two under Mikel Arteta, with summer signing Gabriel Jesus scoring twice and assisting the other two goals.
Although there is no confirmation that the man in the photo is indeed Edu, or that he is traveling on official business, there is a theory that Edu may be traveling to Valencia to speak with Villarreal on a deal with Spanish starlet Yeremy Pino. The 19-year-old is said to be a target for Arteta as he looks to bring in a winger to replace Nicolas Pepe and Reiss Nelson.
The two sites are only 40 miles apart and the town that is home to Villarreal, of the same name Vila Real, is too small to have its own international airport. And it’s possible to suggest that Edu go to the nearest airport before heading to the Estadio de las Ceramicas for negotiations over Pino.
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However, it is understood that Yellow Submarine is willing to accept a lower offer provided it matches the asking price.
Edu enjoyed a successful summer after brokering deals to sign Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City for a total of £77m.
The Gunners have also snapped up Fabio Vieira from Porto for £34million, Sao Paulo starlet Marquinhos and USA international goalkeeper Matt Turner.
And it would mark another blow for the Brazilian if he is able to secure a deal for one of Europe’s most exciting youngsters, although there is still work to be done for the 44-year-old to close. the agreement.
Emery has admitted that the club’s financial troubles mean they will be forced to cash in on their star names this summer, and Pino’s talent and age make him one of their most valuable assets.
Ahead of Villarreal’s La Liga opener against Real Valladolid on Saturday, Emery admitted that Pino would likely be heading for the exit if the club received an official offer.
“If an offer comes in for players like Yeremy Pino, then he will have to leave,” Emery said. “We have a responsibility with the club. That’s what it is.”