ARSENAL have named Barcelona chief Raul Sanllehi as their new head of soccer relations.
The Gunners have snapped up the influential Spaniard after he determined to give up Barca following 15 years within the position on the Nou Camp.
His new place on the Emirates has been confirmed, as a part of the main 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 shortly – however he won’t start work with the Premier League membership till February.
Their joint arrival comes after Arsenal’s chief switch negotiator Dick Legislation resigned in Septemeber amid criticism of the membership’s success available in the market lately.
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 underneath three presidents, and was credited with making certain the membership signed Neymar and Luis Suarez.
Now Arsenal need him to make an analogous affect on the Emirates, believing they’ve seen their pulling energy diminished lately.
Gunners boss Wenger has at all times resisted makes an attempt to impose a director of soccer on him, preferring to be answerable for the whole lot on the membership.
However when he signed his new two-year contract final summer season it’s understood he agreed to let another person are available in to assist with the expertise recognizing and contract talks.
Arsenal chief govt Ivan Gazidis mentioned: “Previously three years we’ve got supplemented our workforce with extra top-class experience throughout each facet of our soccer operations.
“Raul’s appointment is one other necessary step in growing the infrastructure we want on the membership to take the whole lot we do to the following stage.
“Raul has in depth contacts throughout the soccer world and has been immediately concerned in a number of the largest transfers in Europe lately.
“We sit up for him bringing that experience to Arsenal.”
The principle choices the membership must make earlier than the tip of January are what their long-term planning is when it comes to Sanchez and Ozil.
Each are out of contract on the finish of the season and Arsenal face the prospect of dropping their two star gamers and not using a charge.
If neither desires to commit themselves past the summer season, the membership may determine to promote them in January to at the least deliver some cash in.
Manchester Metropolis have been chasing Sanchez for the previous yr, 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 think about.
With each inventive gamers probably on the way in which 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 prepared to promote Julian Draxler then Wenger could ask his board to finance a mid-season deal.