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Edu discusses signing a successor for Bukayo Saka after making an Arsenal transfer U-turn.

Bukayo Saka has been used by Edu to showcase Arsenal's new fluid transfer strategies, just months after the Gunners technical director claimed the club would not be active in the summer window.

The Gunners were projected to be responsive in the transfer market after monitoring a large summer buying spree a year ago. Mikel Arteta went into the off-season desperately wanting to sign a new striker after the north Londoners were unable to find an alternative for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, but the club have gone on to sign numerous players. Arsenal spent around £75 million to introduce in Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, while Fabio Vieira cost around £34 million. The club has also spent money on Matt Turner and Marquinhos, and more exercise is anticipated at the Emirates Stadium before the transfer window ends in September.

Arsenal are in talks with Bukayo Saka over a new long-term deal

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Edu has so far reversed his position after stating in April that Arsenal would only make "one or two" signings during the summer transfer window. And the Arsenal technical director has now suggested that the club may even implement contingency plans to replace future players who may be sold.

Using Bukayo as an example,who has received attention from a number of top European clubs in recent months, stated: "The most difficult part of the plan is when you start selling the players. You also now require someone who is fully ready. [If] we can sell, which we can, then congratulations. It's extremely difficult.

"Let's say we're talking about next season or something. If we sell, I'm not sure, Bukayo Saka - that won't happen, but it's just an example. If we are going to sell Bukayo Saka, we must immediately prepare a successor. So someone must be in the squad, or we must handle the market well so that if we sell, we have him, we have someone capable of replacing him in our model right away." Although the club is unwilling to sell such a prized asset as Saka anytime soon, Edu's latest comments show how drastically Arsenal's transfer dealings has changed in recent months. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal's summer transfer dealings can act as a motivation for Arteta's men to go one step more than they did last season, when they came torturously close to finishing their multi-year banishment from the Champions League.

Saka will be vital to Arsenal's chances of success this season, and Edu provided an update on negotiations for a new contract for the Gunners starlet. "Good, very good," he told The Athletic. Everyone is content. It's perfectly normal."We're going to sit down and realign all of the aspirations. Put our aspirations, his requirements, his family's desires, and his agent's demands together. The most important thing is how he feels, how he feels at ease with us. He's delighted, we're glad, so it's just a matter of sitting down and coming up with a solution."

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