ARSENAL are set to call Barcelona chief Raul Sanllehi as their new director of soccer this week.
The Gunners have snapped up the influential Spaniard after he determined to stop Barca following 15 years within the function on the Nou Camp.
He’s set to be introduced in his new place on the Emirates right now, as a part of the most important overhaul of the managerial construction on the North London membership.
Arsenal raided Borussia Dortmund earlier this month to take Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment.
And Sanllehi will are available in to work alongside Arsene Wenger and Mislintat in a new-look senior construction on the membership that was promised final season.
Sanllehi and Mislintat are anticipated to hyperlink up rapidly in an try to plot a switch coverage for the January switch window.
Their joint arrival comes after Arsenal’s chief switch negotiator Dick Legislation resigned in Septemeber amid criticism of the membership’s success out there in recent times.
Legislation had discovered it laborious to make any breakthrough in makes an attempt to persuade Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to decide to new contracts with the membership.
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Sanllehi, 48, spent 15 years working at Barcelona beneath three presidents, and was credited with guaranteeing the membership signed Neymar and Luis Suarez.
Now Arsenal need him to make an identical influence on the Emirates, believing they’ve seen their pulling energy diminished in recent times.
Gunners boss Wenger has all the time resisted makes an attempt to impose a director of soccer on him, preferring to be answerable for every part on the membership.
However when he signed his new two-year contract final summer time it’s understood he agreed to let another person are available in to assist with the expertise recognizing.
Former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars had been linked with the function however he’s nonetheless completely satisfied working in Holland with Ajax.
And Wenger has given the inexperienced gentle to Sanllehi coming in, conscious that he has made influence throughout his time with Barca.
The primary choices the membership must make earlier than the tip of January are what their long-term planning is by way of Sanchez and Ozil.
Each are out of contract on the finish of the season and Arsenal face the prospect of shedding their two star gamers with out a charge.
If neither needs to commit themselves past the summer time, the membership might determine to promote them in January to no less than convey some cash in.
Manchester Metropolis have been chasing Sanchez for the previous 12 months, and will come again in with a bid in January after a switch deadline day transfer collapsed in August.
Barcelona and Manchester United have each proven an curiosity in signing the Germany World Cup winner, with a charge of £20million one the Gunners could contemplate.
With each inventive gamers presumably on the best way out, the Gunners have been wanting round for brand new gamers to usher in for the long run.
And will Paris Saint-Germain determine they’re keen to promote Julian Draxler then Wenger could ask his board to finance a mid-season deal.