Approach made: Arsenal make move for Bundesliga high flyer - Report
By Abigail Withey
Arsenal have contacted Hoffenheim’s Alexander Rosen as the club hunts for its first ever Director of Football, according to a report.
The Mirror has revealed that Rosen has been sounded out by intermediaries following a successful period at the German club.
Rosen appointed manager Julian Nagelsmann, who is just 29, and after steering them to safety last season, he has clinched their first Champions League play-off spot this season.
Hoffenheim are currently third in the Bundesliga and will be hoping to hold onto an automatic Group Stage spot.
Rosen has also proved his skills in the transfer market – making a £26m profit on the sale of Roberto Firmino to Liverpool – and is known as a man who can strike a good deal.
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Wenger is said to have shown some resistance towards a Director of Football, but the club seems determined to hire one, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund’s Michael Zorc and former Arsenal midfielder Marc Overmans also being considered.
Footballer Insider Verdict:
Arsenal fans will be happy to see a Director of Football at the Emirates, especially when the overwhelming message of ‘Wenger Out’ doesn’t seem to resonate with the manager. It would, however, be a shame for Wenger to leave a club that he’s stuck by and brought success to for over 20 years on such a sour note. Rosen could be just what Wenger needs to regain status in the transfer market. He has helped deliver Hoffenheim’s most successful season yet and, alongside Wenger, Rosen could help to do the same at Arsenal. He could also help with the transition of power from Wenger to his successor – whenever that might prove to be. A welcome change at the Emirates, perhaps not for Wenger, but for the fans definitely.
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