German newspaper Bild report on Sunday afternoon that Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Sven Mislintat from Borussia Dortmund.
Mislintat is a scout, or a super-scout according to Bild, and won’t be arriving at Arsenal for free. In a move which may well set a precedent for future scout changes of employment, Arsenal are having to pay a transfer fee.
Bild state the Premier League club will be parting with €2m to secure the arrival, with Mislintat having a Dortmund contract until 2021. The scout is expected to take up a senior role in Arsenal’s recruitment before the end of the year.
All the details of the move are said to be ‘perfect’, and Bild state an official announcement will be made in the next few days, to confirm Mislintat’s arrival at Arsenal.
The scout was behind the Dortmund arrivals of Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembélé, and Christian Pulisic.
Despite all the good work he’s put in, Mislintat was sidelined by BVB’s previous manager Thomas Tuchel. Their relationship became ‘broken’ and the scout was even barred from attending training sessions, such was Tuchel’s strop.
Since then, Bild believe a parting of the ways was always likely, and it’s pointed out Arsenal will be paying a lot more in wages.