Arsenal technical director Edu has been speaking about the club’s summer transfer window following interest in Leicester City star James Maddison
The Gunners were linked with a move for the Leicester playmaker throughout the summer, though they eventually opted to bring in former loanee Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Edu has explained that their transfer strategy is now to sign under-23 players, so they have a good foundation for the future.
He said: “We signed six players who are under 23, which means a lot in terms of our planning.
“Normally, people like to see just one window, so I have to say it is the bigger picture because we started planning this squad a year ago in terms of consolidating the team and to try to get a better foundation.
“If you remember, in that period we renewed Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli a year ago with the intention to get that kind of base in the team. In a one-year period, we signed 10 players and seven of the 10 are under 23. We renewed seven players in this period as well, just in the first team. Five of the seven are under 23 as well.”
Edu did, though, suggest that a deal for a player like Maddison, who is currently 24, could be possible for Arsenal “one day”.
He added: “We have a reason to try again to create a good foundation and then, one day, maybe we are going to sign one or two players only. But after that, it’s impossible to sign one or two players only because we have a lot to do.
“We have to balance the squad better. We have to recruit the players with the right characteristics and the right profile to make the squad better, more solid and much more consistent because last season we suffered with consistency.
“Now, I want to give Mikel Arteta and the board a much better squad.”
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