Dortmund Scout Sven Mislintat Reportedly Leaving Club to Join Arsenal

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2017

DORTMUND, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 04: Sven Mislintat of Dortmund looks on during a training session at the BVB Training center on September 4, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)
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Arsenal are reportedly set to snap up Borussia Dortmund's revered scout Sven Mislintat.

According to SportBild (h/t Andy Ha of Football.London), the Gunners will part with a six-figure amount to bring Mislintat to the Emirates Stadium, with the acquisition potentially to be announced next week.

Per the report, Mislintat has been dubbed a "super scout" in the past and has been responsible for Dortmund picking up talent such as Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele and current forward Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.

German football journalist Lars Pollmann suggested the departure of the scout represents a substantial blow to the Bundesliga side:

As noted by Luke Brown of The Independent, the Gunners are on the lookout for a new head of recruitment with their chief scout Steve Rowley set to leave the club. He's been in place since 1996, when Arsene Wenger also took charge of the club.

The same report also relayed that Bayern Munich have tried to pinch Mislintat from their domestic rivals on a number of occasions in the past, while the scout is said to have almost left a year ago when he fell out with former manager Thomas Tuchel.

Mislintat has been credited with signing both Aubameyang and Lewandowski.
Mislintat has been credited with signing both Aubameyang and Lewandowski.PATRIK STOLLARZ/Getty Images

The work done in the transfer market by Mislintat was key to Dortmund winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12, as well as their run to the UEFA Champions League final in 2012-13.

Working alongside then-manager Jurgen Klopp, he helped draft in crucial members of the team including Shinji Kagawa, Mats Hummels, Jakub Blaszyczkowski, Neven Subotic and Sven Bender as well as Lewandowski.