Arsenal’s expected appointment of Edu as technical director appears to be imminent as current employers, the Brazil national team, have cleared the path for the move.
The 41-year-old is currently the general coordinator of the Brazil side and is working with the team at the Copa America.
The Brazil Football Federation had set a £6m compensation fee for Edu to leave that role, but Sportsmail report that they have now agreed to waive it for him to move to the Gunners.
While it would be unlikely he leave his post during the Copa America, especially as Brazil have been generous enough to waive the fee, he will be free to do so when the tournament ends on 7 July, or if Brazil are eliminated earlier.
Negotiations are said to be at an advanced stage and now it is only a matter of time before pen is put to paper, as the £6m had been something of a stumbling block for the cash-strapped club.
Another season without Champions League football has left Arsenal with a slim budget, all of which they would want to invest in playing staff.
Edu reaffirmed his commitment to Brazil’s Copa America challenge last month, but left the door open for a return to the club he played for from 2001-05.
‘I had a conversation with Arsenal. There’s an interest,’ said Edu.
‘I was very clear: I am 100% focused on the Copa America. I’m not speaking about absolutely anything because of the Copa America.
‘If, by any chance, you [Arsenal] want to speak to me after the Copa, propose something after the Copa, I will make myself available so that we can talk. As for now, I am fully focused on the Copa.’
It would mean another high profile move for one of the Arsenal Invincibles team after Freddie Ljungberg was promoted to assistant first-team coach this summer, replacing Steve Bould.