According to a recent report, Arsenal were offered a chance to acquire Olivier Létang as the club’s director of football.
Formerly of Paris Saint-Germain, he offered his services last year according to freelance journalist Romain Molina, who wrote a book about their current manager Unai Emery.
He said: “He’s the first director of football at PSG to end up as an agent. He offered his services to Monaco, their biggest rivals. He got told off, but not fired… It’s amazing. He also called Lens and Arsenal.
“The guy actually told himself ‘I have the level to help Arsenal’. Many of the players don’t want to talk to him. Thiago Silva hates him,” he continued.
Considering the fact that Arsenal themselves have been heavily criticised for not having a back-up plan ready, in-case Arsène Wenger does opt to leave at the end of the season, this news is interesting.
One of few top clubs without a sporting director, reports suggested that they would approach a list of candidates to help aid the transition for the next manager during a long-awaited post-Wenger era, once the Frenchman does decide to part ways with the club.
On this occasion though, it seems Arsenal have avoided a potential issue by not pursuing Létang, who is now a football agent.
Over-confidence in his ability masked key issues at the time, where signings that he pushed for have proven unsuccessful. Midfield duo Yohan Cabaye and Benjamin Stambouli are no longer in Paris, whilst he let Kingsley Coman leave on a free transfer and failed in significant attempts to sign Neymar in a big-money move.
Stepping down in late April, he has now joined the same firm that represents Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho – which includes super agent Kia Joorabchian.