Arsenal chief Edu made transfer enquiry for Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior

first_imgArsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille this summer (Picture: Getty)Before Arsenal were able to pull off one of the coups of the summer, however, Edu spoke with Real Madrid, according to UOL  about his 19-year-old Brazilian compatriot but the Spanish giants insisted the teenager was not for sale, despite the signing of Eden Hazard.PSG also considered Vinicius as a potential makeweight in a deal for Neymar, but the world’s most expensive player is set to remain in the French capital for at least another six months.Vinicius, meanwhile, has made three appearances for Real this season, two of them as a substitute, and he admits the challenge of competing for a place alongside so many established internationals is a daunting one.He said: ‘The beginning of the season is also a bit difficult. New players always are tested and Real Madrid now have plenty of players.‘We are playing more and Zidane always talks to all the players, he gives opportunities to all of us at the beginning, so that we can have a good season.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal chief Edu made transfer enquiry for Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior Comment Vinicius Junior joined Real Madrid from Flamengo two years ago (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s newly appointed technical director Edu contacted Real Madrid earlier this summer to enquire about the availability of Vinicius Junior.Edu in conjunction with head of football Raul Sanllehi oversaw a major overhaul of Arsenal’s first team squad in the summer, which saw the like of Dani Ceballos, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and club-record signing Nicolas Pepe join to strengthen Unai Emery’s options.The Spaniard, who narrowly failed to secure Champions League qualification during his first campaign in charge, identified the need to strengthen an attack which relied heavily upon the goals of strike duo Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite operating with a reported budget of just £45million, Sanllehi was able to engineer a deal which will see Arsenal pay £72million to Lille over the course of Pepe’s five-year contract.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 4 Sep 2019 2:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.5kShareslast_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *