“There is an interest”: Romano says Arsenal’s Edu has had some contact with agent of extraordinary star

Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Arsenal maintain an interest in Lucas Paqueta, and Edu Gaspar has been in contact with the Lyon star’s agent, but a transfer is not close to happening at this moment.

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The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the Brazil international over the last few weeks. It was claimed last week that he’s a player that Mikel Arteta ‘really wants’ at the Emirates before the transfer window shuts.

Arsenal have had an impressive summer so far. Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Gabriel Jesus have all come in, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is now just a few formalities away from becoming a Gunner.

On paper, the North Londoners don’t really need Paqueta, which explains why a transfer is not close to taking place at the moment. However, Romano has claimed that there is an interest and that Edu has been in contact with the Lyon midfielder’s agent.

If there’s one man who’s in the know about almost every big transfer that happens in Europe, it’s Romano.

The journalist has now shared what he has heard about rumours linking Paqueta with a move to the Emirates.

He told GiveMeSport: “At the moment, there is nothing close for Arsenal.

“There is an interest because Edu, of course, with his Brazilian link, knows the players so well and had some contact with his agent but never submitted a proposal.”

Do they even need him?

Lucas Paqueta is an exceptional footballer, there is no debate on that.

The Brazilian, branded as ‘extraordinary’ by Peter Bosz, scored 11 goals and provided seven assists in all competitions last season. He’s brilliant on the ball, can create and score goals, and has the ability to play as a number 10 as well as in central midfield.

He would be a fine player for many clubs in the Premier League, but Arsenal may not need him anymore.

The Gunners already have Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe, while new boy Fabio Vieira can play in attacking midfield, on the wings and as a number eight. He is a fine talent, and if things go to plan, he’ll be a huge player for Arsenal.

To add to that, Zinchenko is about to come in as well. The Ukrainian can play in central midfield and at left-back, while Arteta himself revealed today that he started off as a ‘natural number 10’. That should be enough for Arsenal going into the new season, but football is a funny game, and Edu could yet make a move for Paqueta towards the end of the window.