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Edu nears Arsenal exit

porkster1042010-04-28 23:14:05 +0000 #1

Edu's move from Arsenal is set to be confirmed before the end of the week.

The Brazil midfielder, whose deal with the Premiership champions expires at the end of the current campaign, has already confirmed he will not be playing at Highbury next season.

With Gunners boss Arsene Wenger keen to sell the 26-year-old rather than lose him for free in the summer, Edu's agent confirmed a deal is imminent - with Valencia favourites to land his signature.

"In the next few days, the club which wants to contract Edu will contact Arsenal to negotiate a transfer. After this, we will reveal his destination," Jean Gaspar said.

Wenger revealed last week he is resigned to Edu leaving the club, just a year after the player established himself regularly in the first team.

"He will either extend his contract or move now. It is impossible for him to stay otherwise until the end of the season," Wenger said.

"I thought we had made some progress but finally it looks like he will go to a different club. If I really had to make a bet, I would say Valencia."

With only months left on Edu's contract, Arsenal are unlikely to recoup the £6m they paid Corinthians in 2001.

The midfielder initially had trouble settling in the capital but last season was his most consistent campaign, helping Arsenal finish unbeaten in the league. He also put in an impressive performance against Spanish side Celta Vigo in the Champions League, scoring twice in a vital away win.

However, Edu had talks with Gunners deputy chairman David Dein last weekend when he confirmed he will not sign a new contract.

"I've already decided not to stay with Arsenal, as I've received some good offers from big European teams," Edu told his official website.

"I've had some great times at Arsenal and only have good memories, as I've won titles, achieved success and have been well treated by the press, the fans and the other players.

"I can say further that I've engraved my name in the history of Arsenal as I've participated in some important and historic moments, when we've achieved numerous trophies and made records.

"I had many important times at Arsenal the first was the title that meant most to me (in 2002), because we beat Manchester United away from home and won the title contrary to the expectations of many.

"The second, the away game against Celta last season, because of the great goals.",1766_274389,00.html

T.HENRY2010-04-28 23:23:28 +0000 #2
takes him go

we will buy another player



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