Report: Arsenal set to appoint former Barcelona director of football

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According to newspaper Sport, Arsenal are set to appoint former Barcelona director of football Raul Sanllehi to a role they describe as Director of Operations.

The 48 year old’s departure from the Catalan club is yet to be completely finalised, but after a shake-up at the club this summer he resigned his post.

Sanllehi was thought to be unhappy with the departure of Neymar to PSG – having played a key role in bringing the Brazilian the club in the first place – but will leave on good terms with the club he’s worked at since 2002.

He is, according to the report, good friends with Ivan Gazidis, and speaks a number of languages so could well be set to replace the former chief negotiator Dick Law.

He left the club at the end of September to return to the USA to spend more time with family, and Arsenal clearly need a replacement.

Former Gunner Marc Overmars has been linked in recent weeks, although those stories have been played down from both sides.

Let’s see how this one plays out.

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