By George Brooks
Arsenal are chasing Borussia Dortmund’s in-demand and highly-respected chief scout Sven Mislintat, according to a report.
ESPN claim that the Gunners have identified Mislintat as a replacement for chief scout Steve Rowley, who is thought to be close to leaving the club.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is planning a shake-up of the club’s backroom staff and recruitment system, with Rowley expected to be one of the departures.
Mislintat is the leading candidate for the role and has become one of the most sought-after scouts in Europe after paving the way for some of Dortmund’s biggest talents since joining the Bundesliga club in 2007.
The German side were able to hold off rivals Bayern Munich, who made an attempt to make Mislintat their technical director two seasons ago.
The scout is credited with scouting the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa.
He played a key role in building the side that won back-to-back Bundesliga titles and reached the 2013 Champions League final under Jurgen Klopp.
Arsenal have been criticised for their transfer business in recent seasons.
Rival clubs such as Tottenham have brought in and developed young talent, whereas many of the Gunners’ big-name signings have gone on to achieve mixed success in the Premier League.
Arsenal return to Premier League action in the first north London derby of the season against Spurs on Saturday lunchtime.
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