Edu in Atletico link
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Atletico Madrid are the latest team to have been credited with an interest in Edu.Atletico Madrid are the latest team to have been credited with an interest in Arsenal midfielder Edu.
The Brazil international is quitting Highbury in the summer on a free transfer after rejecting a new deal with the FA Cup winners.
La Liga is his likely destination with deposed champions Valencia previously expected to secure his signature.
Indeed, Edu has reportedly passed a medical with the Che but there are now fears his switch to the Mestalla will collapse.
Edu is concerned about Valencia's prospects of claiming European football next season and there also appears to have been a shift in the club's contract offer.
That could open the door for other clubs, with Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid having been linked with the 27-year-old.
But now reports in Spain claim that Atletico have been offered the chance to sign the gifted midfielder on a Bosman transfer.
Atletico have a weakness in the centre of midfield and Edu has been pinpointed as the man who can lend a touch of class to the engine room.
Officials at the Vicente Calderon are weighing up an offer for Edu, although his fellow South American - Udinese ace David Pizarro - is also under consideration.