ARSENAL are set to nominate Francis Cagigao as head of recruitment.
The Gunners are radically restructuring the soccer division forward of subsequent season, underneath director of soccer Raul Sanllehi.
Cagigao will get the gig long-term after taking up from hastily-departed Sven Mislintat on an interim foundation in January, in response to London Soccer.
The 49-year-old ex-Gunners youth participant has a formidable monitor file, recruiting Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla and Hector Bellerin.
Previously Arsenal’s chief scout in Spain, Cagigao then stepped as much as be head of worldwide recruitment earlier than taking over Mislintat’s job.
Formal affirmation of the appointment is probably not made till Arsenal even have a sporting director in place.
Ex-Gunners midfielder Edu is the front-runner to take up the position.
Nevertheless, the 40-year-old continues to be contracted to the Brazilian Soccer Federation (CBF) who’re but to present the transfer the inexperienced gentle.
If Edu does transfer to the Emirates, it’s more likely to occur after the Copa America, permitting Cagigao to have an enormous say throughout a significant summer time switch window as boss Unai Emery goes into his second season in North London.
Actual Madrid had been eager taking Cagigao to Spain, however the London-born expertise spotter has a deep love for Arsenal, a membership he hails as “a workforce of values”.
Cagigao has a powerful community of contacts in South America and is the person in pursuit of Ituano’s Brazilian ahead Gabriel Martinelli, who is about to reach in a £6million deal this summer time.
Head of youth recruitment Steve Morrow can also be set to see his position develop throughout the shake-up of the scouting division.