According to a report in the Independent, Bayern Munich are hoping to lure Sven Mislintat back to Germany as doubts grow over his position at Arsenal.
The former Borussia Dortmund man was named as the club’s Head of Recruitment just last November, and was instrumental in the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Dinos Mavropanos, Sokratis, Bernd Leno and Stephan Lichtsteiner – as well as those of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.
However, over the weekend rumours began to circulate that he could leave the club before the end of January, and this afternoon those intensified with a story on Arsenal blog Le Grove.
We’ve done some digging since, and it does seem as if there has been an ongoing issue between Mislintat and the club since last year, while the report in the Independent says that there are tensions between him and Head of Football Raul Sanllehi, with the German’s recommendations for new players being ignored by both the Spaniard and Unai Emery.
Recent transfer links to players like Ever Banega and Denis Suarez indicate a greater input from Emery, but the head coach cast some doubt over the club’s ambition in the transfer market this month by revealing only loan deals were an option.
Interestingly, there were stories late last year that Mislintat was going to be promoted to the role of Technical Director. There’s been no confirmation of that, and in recent weeks Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for former Gunner Edu who would be handed an operation role in the football set up. It might well be a case that he comes in to replace the German, but it would leave big questions about who is heading up our scouting department.
Whatever’s happening though, it doesn’t speak to things going as smoothly as we’d like behind the scenes, and the man tasked with unearthing the hidden gems may well be on his way out.