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Arsenal have announced the recruitment of Borussia Dortmund’s chief scout Sven Mislintat.
According to Sport Bild (h/t Owen Fulda of the Daily Star), the Gunners have paid £1.8 million to Dortmund in compensation to sign Mislintat, who will replace chief scout Steve Rowley at the Emirates Stadium, with Rowley leaving the club at the end of the season.
James Olley of the Evening Standard reported the compensation fee to be lower:
#afc set to appoint highly-rated Borussia Dortmund chief scout Sven Mislintat to head up recruitment. Compensation figure lower than £1.6m suggested. Steve Rowley staying on to the end of the season regardless. Story here:https://t.co/V3KtEoRJYX
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) November 20, 2017
Mislintat, nicknamed “Diamond Eye” because of his eye for talent, played a key role in identifying the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski, Shinji Kagawa, Ousmane Dembele and many more for BVB, who won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 and made the UEFA Champions League final the following year.
His ability to do so on a budget while competing with the much wealthier Bayern Munich is said to be highly coveted by Arsenal.
The Gunners are very well run financially but are typically outspent by the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea each year, and Leicester City are the only team outside that trio to lift the Premier League since Arsenal last did so in 2004.