ARSENAL have been linked with a move to bring in Andoni Zubizarreta as their new sporting director.
The Gunners have been trying to find a candidate to feel the key role in their new football structure for the past year without success.
But reports in France suggest they have now made an approach to bring in ex-Spain and Barcelona goalkeeper Zubizarreta, 57.
L’Equipe claim Arsenal have targeted the Marseille sporting director to work alongside Unai Emery at the Emirates and that the man himself is interested in the job.
Zubizarreta has been credited with reviving the fortunes of the French club, but is now claimed to be “bored” in his role and looking to move onto the next level.
He spent almost five years in a similar position at Barcelona, and has fostered a reputation as someone who is good at spotting talent and developing squads successfully.
It is exactly that kind of person Arsenal’s football administrator Raul Sanllehi is looking to bring into the the club as they continue to overhaul the football structure in North London.
So far Arsenal have been frustrated in their attempts to implement the new way of working as they continue to evolve from the Arsene Wenger era.
Sven Mislintat had been earmarked for the position but differences behind the scenes led to him leaving the Gunners as head of recruitment in February.
The London club then invested several weeks in talks with Roma’s highly-respected transfer guru Monchi – even going so far as offering him a three-year deal.
But at the last moment he decided to leave Italy top return to his former club Sevilla, leaving Arsenal high and dry.
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And that also had a knock-on effect for their other option Marc Overmars, who decided to sign a new deal with Ajax after seeing the Gunners put all their efforts into signing Monchi.
Zubazarreta is now an option, and is claimed to be interested in the opportunity to link up with fellow Spaniards Sanllehi and Emery in North London.
Qualification for the Champions League next season would be a major boost to the club’s transfer plans, and the 2-0 win over Newcastle saw them climb up to third in the table.