Arsenal are planning to replace chief scout Steve Rowley with Borussia Dortmund’s Sven Mislintat, according to reports.
ESPN write that Rowley is set to leave the club, having been with the Gunners for even longer than Arsène Wenger, with Mislintat in the frame to take over.
Bayern Munich have previously tried to entice Mislintat to leave Dortmund, as the 45-year-old has succeeded in discovering players search as Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele.
He would therefore be a welcome addition to the Gunners’ backroom staff, as Arsenal’s transfer business in recent years hasn’t always impressed fans. Nothing is agreed at this stage, but the rumours continue to spread.
Arguably Arsenal’s problem has been more about getting deals over the line than identifying potential targets. Most supporters have lost count of the number of times we’ve heard Wenger say that he was watching a player and almost signed him, before somebody else did and that player really burst onto the scene.
But, perhaps Rowley and his team just aren’t giving firm enough feedback. They should have been telling Arsène to go all out for the likes of Kylian Mbappé, when he was first linked back in January 2016 before he’d scored a goal for Monaco’s first-team.
As a group, they decided to wait, and it cost them a potential hundred million pound sale or the chance to watch the 18-year-old play for Arsenal. If Mislintat does join, it’s that sort of situation he needs to help the Gunners avoid.