Arsenal are readying moves to poach scouts Dave Harrison and Lyndon Tomlinson from Manchester United, Football Insider has learned.
The London club are plotting a double raid on their Premier League rivals for the highly-rated youth recruitment duo.
An Arsenal source has told Football Insider that the club have set their sights on Harrison and Tomlinson as part of a major overhaul of their youth scouting set-up.
The Gunners have axed eight academy scouts, including head of youth recruitment Steve Morrow, as they look revamp their scouting network.
United head of academy recruitment Harrison and his assistant Tomlinson are regarded as two of the best operators in Europe at youth level.
The pair were poached by United from rivals Manchester City in January 2017 after helping restructure City’s youth recruitment set-up with great success.
They were headhunted by United to lead their transformation of their youth set-up.
The talent spotters now have big admirers in the corridors of power at Arsenal as they plan to try and lure them to the Emirates.
Although restructuring at academy level is in no way connected to the first team, the departures of Morrow and the other Arsenal scouts comes at a time when manager Unai Emery is under increasing pressure.
United would be reluctant to lose Harrison and Tomlinson to an elite Premier League rival.
The duo have helped secure a number of exciting young signings including foreign duo Dillon Hoogewerf and Hannibal Mejbri from Ajax and Monaco ahead of a host of Europe’s top clubs.