Arsenal new Head of Football Relations, otherwise known as Definitely Not Director of Football, Raul Sanllehi started work on February 1st after the announcement of his recruitment late last year.
It’s the latest in a series of behind the scenes appointments, including Sven Mislintat as Head of Recruitment – and the German was a key factor in the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and young Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos.
Now it seems the Spaniard is keen to make his mark, as reports from Spain say he’s identified Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak as a summer target for the Gunners.
With Petr Cech 36 and David Ospina likely to move on this summer, it’s an area which will require some investment, and Catalan outlet SPORT say that Sanllehi has made the recruitment of the Slovenian international his ‘main objective’.
The 48 year old is the man who will now act as negotiator for many of the club’s deals, taking over from Dick Law who – although his contract ended last September – had been retained on a consultancy basis and helped deal with Mesut Ozil’s new deal.
Oblak is very much the number one at Atletico, so it’ll take some good wheeling and dealing, and a fair chunk of money to make this one happen in the summer.