After Arsenal put an end to the recent rumours and announced the upcoming departure of Sven Mislintat earlier today, the question became who would replace him as Head of Recruitment.
It seems that the man they’re looking at is already at the club: Francis Cagigao. For those unfamiliar with him, he’s been Arsenal’s main scout in Spain and Portugal for many years, working under Steve Rowley for almost all of the Arsene Wenger reign.
He spotted the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Lauren, Hector Bellerin, and Nacho Monreal, and is highly regarded across European football. His future was uncertain since the arrival of Mislintat but now that the former Borussia Dortmund man is on his way it looks as if he’ll be the one to fill the gap and head up the club’s scouting and recruitment team.
The news was accompanied by a link to Roma’s current Director of Football, Monchi, to become the club’s new Technical Director – the role promised to Mislintat by Ivan Gazidis.
As per @DaveHytner Bellerín ruptured ACL confirmed in scan today, 6-9 months. Rest of squad were paintballing pre #MUFC. Francis Cagigao tipped by many to succeed Mislintat as HoR with Monchi among names for TD (no timescale). #AFC want 2 loan deals, 1 being Suarez but not close
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 21, 2019
We’re a little unsure what to think of this because his name came up in an Arsecast conversation last week and we joked about someone picking up the rumour, but we know David Ornstein doesn’t deal in speculation so maybe there’s something to it.
Monchi obviously knows Unai Emery well from their time together at Sevilla, where his eye for talent saw them bring in the likes of Dani Alves, Julio Baptista, Ivan Rakitic and others in the early stages of their career. Not only did they develop as players, they brought in hefty fees when sold.
Whether Arsenal can prise him away from Roma remains to be seen, as does the level of our interest, but he’d certainly be a quality appointment if we could make it happen.