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Report: Bayern Munich trying to poach Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat

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The Bavarians tried to get him while he was at Dortmund, but were rejected in favor of the Gunners. Maybe second time’s the charm?

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According to a report by the Independent, Bayern Munich believe that they can lure Arsenal head of recruitment (basically a chief scout) Sven Mislintat back to Germany. The 46-year old, who just moved to England last year, is said to be unhappy due to disagreements with Arsenal’s new board. According to the source, a deal for the former Borussia Dortmund chief scout could be done as early as this season.

Mislintat’s move to London has apparently not gone as smoothly as anticipated. His arrival coincided with massive regime change at the club, as longstanding coach Arsene Wenger and club CEO Ivan Gazidis both left the Gunners in the summer. The new regime at Arsenal — headed by Director of Football Raul Sanllehi — and Mislintat reportedly do not see eye to eye, which has led to friction between the two parties.

The German is reportedly upset that some of his strong recommendations for transfers were not followed up, and that new coach Unai Emery is being given a more active role in transfers than anticipated. This is despite the club structure being set up in a way that would dilute the coach’s influence on transfers in a post-Wenger era.

With all this in mind, it appears that Sven Mislintat may be rethinking his decision to join the Gunners. Bayern Munich have tried to sign him in the past, most likely as a replacement for former technical director Michael Reschke, who went to Stuttgart. Perhaps, the second time will do the trick.