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Arsenal’s head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, on his way to Bayern?

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Borussia Dortmund’s former chief scout seems set to leave Arsenal. Bayern Munich could be a destination.

Dortmund's head scout Sven Mislintat smiles prior to the Champions League soccer match between Borussia Dortmund vs. Tottenham Hotspur in the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany, 21 November 2017. Borussia Dortmund has to accept the loss of their long-standing head scout. Mislintat left Borussia Dortmund and changed to FC Arsenal immediately effective, as the German soccer club announced on Monday.
Sven Mislintat
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Sven Mislintat was brought to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund about fourteen months ago to be head of recruitment for a whopping €2 million transfer fee. Arsenal’s coach, Arsene Wenger, and CEO Ivan Gazidis brought him to the Premier League side, hoping that he could match the success he had at Borussia Dortmund. Now it seems like his time at the Gunners is coming to an end after a relatively-short time.

ESPN’s Raphael Honigstein gave additional information about the reasons behind Mislintat’s fall from grace. First and foremost, a lot has changed at Arsenal since Mislintat came on. Wenger has since retired, and Gazidis left for a similar position AC Milan. Whereas previously it seemed like the “head of recruitment was a higher-ranking position in the club, now both a technical director and a head of football have been appointed, effectively demoting Mislintat each time. This seems to be a big reason for his departure.

Now the question looms: will Bayern Munich make an offer for the expert scout? The Independent claimed earlier that Bayern is definitely interested, but this report has now been disputed by Kicker, who allege that Bayern have not, in fact, put out feelers for Mislintat yet. ESPN’s Raphael Honigstein, meanwhile, ruled out Bayern’s potential interest in Mislintat as a factor behind his woes at Arsenal, but he considers a move to Bayern unlikely — without elaborating.

During his time at BVB, Mislintat was lauded for finding young talent that fit into the club. Some examples include Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa, and Ousmane Dembele. If Misinlat could match that performance in Munich, every Bayern fan would be happy to have him scouting for the Rekordmeister. While Hasan Salihamidzic appears to be deeply involved in Bayern’s scouting process, the club has not had a technical director since Michael Reschke departed for VfB Stuttgart.