Arsenal closing in on Dortmund's star chief scout

Arsenal closing in on Dortmund's star chief scout

Arsenal are close to finalising the appointment of Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment, according to German publication Sport Bild.

Current Gunners chief scout Steve Rowley is believed to be departing after 35 years at the end of the season, and the FA Cup champions have acted fast to bring in his replacement.

Newspaper reports claimed last week that Rowley was leaving the club but sources have told Sky Sports News that he will remain in place during a transition phase.

Mislintat is nicknamed "Diamond Eye" in Germany.

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"Needless to say, this is at odds with the truth", Dortmund commented on the Zorc speculation, first reported by the Daily Mirror on Sunday, before failing to reject the Mislintat talk.

As well as Kagawa, Mislintat also spotted and signed the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raphael Guerreiro.

Mislintat embraces the most modern scouting methods, including the use of data analysis. This includes the use of data analysis - an approach Arsenal have utilised in their own recruitment process using USA based analytics company StatDNA.

Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis is particularly keen to make changes behind the scenes, while the club's recently departed chief transfer negotiator Dick Law is likely to be replaced by a sporting director; Mislintat's Dortmund colleague Michael Zorc has been linked.

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