Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Raul Sanllehi, who joins after 15 years at Barcelona.

Sanllehi, who negotiated the deal for Barcelona to sign Neymar back in 2013, joins as Arsenal’s new ‘Head of Football Relations’.

“In the past three years we have supplemented our team with more top-class expertise across every aspect of our football operations,” said Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis in a statement on the club’s website.

“Raul’s appointment is another important step in developing the infrastructure we need at the club to take everything we do to the next level. Raul has extensive contacts across the football world and has been directly involved in some of the biggest transfers in Europe in recent years. We look forward to him bringing that expertise to Arsenal.”

Arsenal also recently confirmed the arrival of Sven Mislintat from Borussia Dortmund. The German had worked as Dortmund’s head scout and is credited with the signings of Shinji Kagawa, Robert Lewandowski and more.

Presumably the pair will work closely, taking some responsibility off the shoulders of Arsène Wenger.

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