By 90Min
November 15, 2017

Arsenal are in talks to appoint Borussia Dortmund's highly-regarded Sven Mislintat as chief scout, ESPN have reported.

The 45-year-old has been credited with unearthing several of the Bundesliga club's most successful players in recent years, including the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele.

Arsenal are believed to have entered discussions with Mislintat, with a view to appointing him as a potential replacement for Steve Rowley.

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Rowley has been the clubs' chief scout since 1996, when Arsene Wenger arrived in North London, but is reportedly close to leaving as part of a backroom staff shakeup.

Arsenal are said to be looking to modernise their approach to transfers, and Mislintat is considered the ideal man to begin the process.

Bayern Munich attempted to appoint the German scout as their new technical director in August, but were unsuccessful.

Now he is reportedly close to completing a switch to the Emirates, although neither Arsenal or Dortmund have commented on the potential move.


ESPN also report that a source claimed Rowley's future has not yet been decided, but interest in Mislintat suggests CEO Ivan Gazidis is willing to make significant changes.

Dortmund's scout has emerged as one of the most sought-after talent spotters in Europe having achieved a remarkable success rate in Germany.

He has a close relationship with sporting director Michael Zorc, but fell out with former coach Thomas Tuchel in January 2016 when a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Oliver Torres collapsed.

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