Arsenal technical director Edu Gaspar says he is ‘very excited’ about the club’s transfer window following the arrival of Fabio Vieira.
Fabio completed his move to Arsenal from Porto on Tuesday for a reported fee of £34 million. Speaking after Vieira’s announcement, Edu revealed the Gunners’ summer window will be a culmination of months of planning.
“When you go to the summer, when you start the summer [transfer window], we plan six months, seven months or eight months before we face the summer,” Edu told Arsenal’s official website.
“The summer is just a consequence of what we’ve been working a lot to try to find the best players, the best targets, identify really what we need in the squad, so when we start [the summer] we are prepared.”
“Fabio is a good example because we moved quickly because we prepared to get Fabio a long time ago, and then when we face it we make the things happen.”
Investing in youths
“One hundred per cent. That has to be Arsenal. We have to go into the market for exciting players with the right age, right attitude and right mentality. We want to see a club like Arsenal with a young squad, an exciting squad with a big, big future because as I said last summer, the idea is to have a young squad.”
“We want to give them the opportunity to play together for two, three, four, five or six seasons.”
“We still have a lot to do but we are really excited to start the season with the players we target and the players we want to sign.”
The north London side is also heavily liked with Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus and Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans.