Done deal: Arsenal ‘sign’ Barcelona target

Arsenal & Barcelona

For the past few weeks, the Spanish media have been peddling stories linking Mesut Ozil with a move to Barcelona.

Whether than happens remains a big question mark.

Ozil, who is out of contract at the end of the season, could move to the Camp Nou for free this summer.

But, according to Ian Wright on the BBC, Man United are a “shoo-in” to land Ozil for nothing at the end of the campaign.

Raul Sanllehi to Arsenal

Leaving the Ozil story to one side, Arsenal, report that Daily Mail, are appointing Raul Sanllehi from Barcelona.

Sanllehi has been a director at Barcelona for 15 years, and he’s now set to become Arsenal’s new director of football. The Mail report:

Arsenal will announce the arrival of former Barcelona director of football Raul Sanllehi on Tuesday as part of the restructuring of its scouting and recruitment.

Sanllehi was due to leave Barcelona on Friday but he signed off on Monday after 15 years service at the club and will now move in alongside manager Arsene Wenger. 

Sanllehi is expected to be tasked with bringing the club’s top targets to the Emirates.

What does that mean for Arsene Wenger?

Wenger is known for being one of the last managers from the past generation. He’s constantly rejected offers of help, while the club have seemed lukewarm about appointing a director of football.

Earlier this year, Wenger memorably said he didn’t understand what a director of football does.

So how does Sanllehi’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium fit in with all that?

Moreover, in the past few days, Arsenal have signed Borussia Dortmund’s Sven Mislintat.

Mislintat was the chief scout at Borussia Dortmund and he looks set to replace Steve Rowley at the Gunners.

Arsenal reportedly paid Borussia Dortmund two million euros to get Mislintat out of his contract.

It looks obvious that Wenger is starting to lose significant power. Will that please Arsenal fans?

Also see: Arsenal star throws shade at Spurs after Burnley win.

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