Arsenal director Edu has admitted the membership had been by no means actually near signing Raphinha from Leeds final summer time because it grew to become clear he was looking forward to a transfer to Barcelona.
The Gunners had been among the many first to current a proposal to Leeds within the summer time however finally backed out of a deal when Chelsea agreed a payment for the 25-year-old, however all that did was spark Barcelona to life and Raphinha finally made the transfer. to the Camp Nou in a €65m deal.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Edu admitted he was informed in a short time that Raphinha was pushing for Barcelona as an alternative of Arsenal or Chelsea.
“People think we went too deep into Raphinha, because Raphinha was everywhere,” he stated.
“It’s truthful that we had some talks with Deco as a result of Deco is his agent and I even have a very good relationship [with him] – we’re associates.
“I just said to Deco, ‘Can you explain to me the situation with Raphinha?’ and he was clear, ‘Edu, we have a good relationship but I’m not going to lie to you, his idea is to go to Barcelona because he dreams of going to Barcelona, and we’ve been talking to Barcelona since a long time ago ‘.
“Okay, thanks a great deal, if something occurs simply let me know as a result of I can discover and perceive the state of affairs. If not, no drawback and we are going to proceed our relationship.”
Despite missing out on Raphinha, the Gunners have been incredibly active this summer. Arsenal have already signed Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira and Marquinhos, while USMNT goalkeeper Matt Turner also completed his long-awaited move to the Emirates.
On the importance of agreeing transfer targets with manager Mikel Arteta, Edu added: “100%. I won’t ever ever signal a participant that Mikel will not be comfy with, by no means. It’s not my type and it is undoubtedly not the Arsenal type . . .
“If we decide to work together then the decision has to be together. It’s not Mikel’s signings, it’s not Edu’s signings, it’s Arsenal’s signings so for me the most important thing is for people to understand.
“I at all times say that typically individuals give credit score to me or Mikel, however the credit score has to go to Arsenal. We are Arsenal, we work collectively and the resolution we make is collectively.
“Around a decision is not just Edu and Mikel, there are many people around these decisions. The most important message for the fans and for people to understand is that we are signing players for Arsenal and [they are] Arsenal’s decision.”