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'Edu will use his connections: Journalist suggests Arsenal may have an edge in race to sign £50m star soon

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Pete O’Rourke believes Arsenal have an edge over other clubs in the race to sign Richarlison from Everton thanks to their technical director, Edu Gaspar.

Dean Jones revealed back at the end of April that the Gunners had been offered the chance to sign the Brazilian attacker. Goal revealed a month later that Arsenal had sounded out the £50million star’s representatives over a summer move.

Richarlison will enter the final two years of his contract soon, and there’s a good chance he’ll leave Everton. He is a quality player and certainly won’t be short of offers – reports have claimed that Arsenal’s North London rivals are also keen to sign him this summer.

O’Rourke however, thinks Arsenal are likely to have an advantage in the race to sign Richarlison now.

Edu could use his Brazilian connections to sign Richarlison

Speaking about Arsenal’s interest in Richarlison, O’Rourke told GiveMeSport: “I think having these Brazilian connections can only help in their pursuit of transfer targets.

“Edu, I’m sure will be trying to use his connections to maybe try and convince Richarlison to make that move to Arsenal ahead of other clubs because there will be quite a bit of interest in him this summer.

“Any advantage that you can use to try and win the race for a transfer signature, I think Edu will use his connections.”

Edu spent three years as the coordinator of the Brazilian national team, and he was at the helm when Richarlison made his senior international debut in 2018.

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Should the Gunners sign Richarlison?

Arsenal need a new striker this summer, there’s no debate on that front. Alexandre Lacazette is set to depart at the end of his contract, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s long gone. Although Eddie Nketiah is set to stay now, the Gunners have to bring in a top-quality centre-forward who will guarantee them goals.

Richarlison is a very good player. The 25-year-old has been a solid forward in England ever since he joined Watford in 2017. Over the last five years, he has scored 58 goals and provided 19 assists, which isn’t a bad return considering the clubs he’s been at.

The Brazilian is a tireless runner. He’s exactly the type of forward that Arteta likes up top, and the fact that he can play anywhere across the front three is a bonus as well.

It will be interesting to see if Edu will use his Brazilian connections this summer. If he does, we have a feeling it will be for Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus over Richarlison.

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