Borussia Dortmund chief scout Sven Mislintat has been linked with a transfer to the Premier League with Arsenal.
Sources have informed ESPN FC that the person credited with bringing Robert Lewandowski, Shinji Kagawa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele to the Westfalenstadion has held talks about taking the same position with the Gunners.
ESPN FC brings you all you should know in regards to the 45-year-old German switch guru.
He labored with Jose Mourinho’s assistant within the fourth tier
Mislintat performed for his native membership, VfL Kamen till he was 29, and was already performing as an assistant coach throughout the last years of his novice profession. In 2002, he “solely needed to be a coach and not a participant” and took a job at Westfalia Herne, then taking part in within the Oberliga Westfalen, the regional fourth division in Germany at the moment.
Already working as a younger analyst in skilled soccer, Mislintat was made the assistant coach of incoming boss Jose Morais, who was 37. The latter, leaving Portugal for a journey which might take him all the best way to Yemen earlier than changing into a member of Jose Mourinho’s teaching employees, lasted solely six video games. Mislinat hung round for a bit longer, however in December 2002 additionally left.
Westfalia had been relegated, and a few years later Morais and Mislintat met once more within the Champions League in 2012-13, when Dortmund and Actual Madrid started their latest run of clashes within the competitors. “For a very long time, I wasn’t positive whether or not he is actually Mourinho’s assistant. It is fairly a standard title,” the BVB head soccer mentioned in 2013.
Signing Kagawa was a key second
Mislintat’s breakthrough second as a scout got here at a time when Dortmund had been nowhere close to the membership they’re now. They didn’t even have the funds to make signings for €10 million, had been reliant on their scouting, and made one among their finest transfers when bringing in a younger attacking midfielder from Japan.
In 2010, 21-year-old Shinji Kagawa joined Dortmund from Cerezo Osaka. Dortmund had been tipped off by a pleasant agent, Thomas Kroth, a 1989 cup winner with BVB, and the membership knew they may do no fallacious.
“We had been in Japan six instances, did 10 to 15 items of video evaluation simply from that participant, and utterly scanned them,” Mislintat mentioned throughout one among his uncommon public appearances in late 2012. “And as soon as we accomplished our job, we had been satisfied that he is a lad we are able to use, particularly for this worth.”
Kagawa signed for Dortmund for simply €350,000 and left for Manchester United for round €16m two summers later as a back-to-back Bundesliga champion and a home double winner.
“The important thing participant for my profession as a scout was Shinji Kagawa,” Mislintat mentioned earlier this yr. “Once you discover a younger participant in a second division and he joins for small cash and might make the distinction: That is a key second everybody wants in his profession.”
He has been chased by German golf equipment for years
A person of few public phrases, lots was written about Mislintat and the golf equipment chasing him. Each time a German membership was in search of a brand new sporting head, his title was thrown into the combination. Over only a few years he was linked with Fortuna Dusseldorf, Hannover, Hamburg, Bayern Munich and Stuttgart. All of them hoped to utilize his information and community — from brokers and ex-players.
All of the whereas, Mislintat labored his means by the ranks at Dortmund. He was handed extra energy earlier than being made the membership’s head soccer with a contract by to 2021 amid an influence wrestle with then-head coach Thomas Tuchel.
Each had fallen out simply over six months into Tuchel’s two-year reign at Dortmund, clashing over the switch of Atletico Madrid’s Oliver Torres. As Mislintat was banished from the membership’s coaching grounds, he continued to do his work from the membership’s headquarters only a few hundred metres away from the Westfalenstadion, persevering with work on transfers of the likes of Dembele.
Mislintat’s legacy at Dortmund is unimaginable. He has had his say within the signings of Mats Hummels, Jakub Blaszyczkowski, Neven Subotic, Sven Bender and Lewandowski, all of them forming the core for BVB’s golden era that gained back-to-back Bundesliga titles and reached the 2013 Champions League last beneath Jurgen Klopp. Lately, he not solely labored on the Dembele deal, which made an enormous revenue when he was bought to Barcelona for €105m this summer time, but in addition helped BVB land Aubemayang and Raphael Guerreiro.
He embraces expertise
Whereas admitting being a traditionalist relating to utilizing video proof in soccer — saying in late 2012 that three-minute lengthy breaks are moderately one thing for American Soccer — Mislintat is a fan of recent expertise.
He was one of many folks behind bringing the Footbonaut to Dortmund, backing the concept of education gamers in a 20×20-metre cage with machines firing footballs in the direction of them at completely different speeds and trajectories.
Throughout Dortmund’s Klopp years, he additionally sat within the stands throughout the video games, taking notes on his pill, after which speeding all the way down to the dressing room a couple of minutes earlier than half-time to edit movies on what was good and what wasn’t throughout the first half.
Earlier this yr, it was reported that Mislintat can also be the co-founder of Matchmetrics, a German start-up that, in line with the corporate’s web site, gives “probably the most subtle massive information analytics in skilled soccer.”
He has been nicknamed “Diamond Eye”
Dortmund wouldn’t be the place they’re now with out Mislintat. The membership’s hierarchy backed him throughout the turbulent instances in Tuchel’s tenure, and repeatedly ended all rumours about his potential exit.
This summer time, amid hyperlinks with Bayern, BVB sporting director Michael Zorc mentioned that they had been “irritated” by their rival’s actions, including that “basically, everyone seems to be replaceable” — although that is lots more durable for a person nicknamed “Diamond Eye.”
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter @uersfeld.