Search underway: Arsenal to make major summer move - report
By Russell Edge
Arsenal are looking to appoint a director of football for the first time with the role possibly being filled this summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that the Gunners have begun the search for a technical director and are hoping to install him soon in in order to work on transfer deals and contract issues at the club.
The move is said to come after the club has allowed its stars to run their contracts down with just a year left, with players allowed to sign pre-contract agreements with other clubs when they have six months left.
For the Gunners, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil find themselves approaching the final 12 months of their contracts.
They are worried that if they cannot tie down the players to an extended contract, then they will be forced to sell up this summer before the players can depart on a free in the summer of 2018.
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It is not the first time that the North London club have found themselves in this situation; in 2012 star striker Robin Van Persie was sold by Arsenal to Premier League rivals Manchester United with the Dutch forward having entered the final year of his contract.
They also lost Bacary Sagna to Manchester City in 2014 after they allowed the French full-back’s contract to expire, the player joining the Sky Blues on a free contract.
This has prompted the Arsenal hierarchy to consider the current set up behind the scenes at the Emirates stadium, and want to ensure more certainty when it comes to dealing with players.
In other Arsenal news, Gunners legend Thierry Henry has predicted the result of the weekend’s North London derby.