Arsenal transfer chief Edu’s blunder in negotiations could cost the club millions of pounds.
Arsenal’s recent choice to sell a promising young player could come back to bite them.
Edu has made some fantastic transfers in the past, such as Kieran Tierney, Gabriel, and Martin Odegaard – but he has also made some duds, such as the signings of Willian, William Saliba, and, most recently, Dinos Mavropanos.
Edu, a former Arsenal star who won two Premier League titles during his time at Highbury, was appointed Technical Director to Arsenal’s backroom staff in the summer of 2019.
Edu, who is in charge of the club’s recruitment, has had a tumultuous time in north London since acquiring the job, with mixed results in the transfer market.
But there is one player in particular who he may come to regret more than the rest for basically handing him off for free in Mavropanos.
The Greek defender, who is only 23, joined Arsenal from PAS Giannina when he was 19 years old in 2018.
There was no real danger with Mavropanos as Arsenal hoped to develop him into a first-team player for a sum of slightly under £2 million.
And that he did irregularly for the next two years, making seven first-team appearances while learning the ropes at London Colney and patiently waiting for his chance.
Mavropanos was loaned to FC Nurnberg and VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga last season, where he impressed and made 21 league appearances for the Baden-Wurttemberg based club.
This is, however, where things have gone awry. With just twelve months left on his contract and a £3 million buy-out clause, Arsenal elected to loan Mavropanos back to Stuttgart, where he has excelled to new levels of unsuspected brilliance.
After some very great performances at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, Edu must be looking back on his error with total remorse, according to Transfermarkt.
Stuttgart may, of course, let the Athens-born defender’s contract expire and sign him on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Sven Mislintat, the club’s manager, has put those rumors to rest, claiming that Mavropanos will join Stuttgart at the end of his contract.
After a 3-1 win over local rivals, club manager Sven Mislintat said, “We actually had two great goals from centre backs today.” “Brinkwire News Summary.”