Via Jeremy Wilson in the Telegraph comes news that Arsenal have appointed a former legal expert with Team Sky to help with player contracts.
Huss Fahmy, whose profile is still on the website of the cycling team, started with the club last week and will, according to the report, focus on legal issues surrounding player contracts.
Presumably these would be things like image rights, release clauses, commercial aspects and beyond.
Arsenal have a clutch of players entering the final year of their contracts, including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Wojciech Szczesny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs.
Sorting out their situations, as well as looking after player recruitment and departures, means there’s a lot to do this summer, so having more hands on deck can’t be a bad thing, and if the former Team Sky man can provide an injection of know-how and urgency to matters then we might see some more speedy resolutions.
We also particularly enjoyed this bit:
His arrival at Arsenal is a further signal that chief executive Ivan Gazidis is delivering on his promise to bring change this summer in the ongoing search for best practice following the disappointment of finishing only fifth in the Premier League.
Nice one, Ivan 😉
The news comes in the wake of reports over the weekend that a significant addition is being made to the fitness staff. Darren Burgess will join the club from AFL side Port Adelaide, the details of that deal and of a link-up between the clubs can be read here.
So far there has only been one player brought in, Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac, after Arsene Wenger said he was looking for a maximum of three new men for his squad.