Arsenal have confirmed that Raul Sanllehi has joined the club from FC Barcelona as the new head of football relations (via Arsenal.com).
After weeks of speculation, Arsenal have finally confirmed that Raul Sanllehi will join the club as the new head of football relations.
We reported this morning that a deal was close to completion but the club has taken the move to announce it this afternoon.
Sanllehi has worked at FC Barcelona for the last 14 years and has operated as the club’s chief transfer negotiator for some of their biggest transfers in recent years.
He will join the Gunners in February and will “represent and support the club with international and domestic governing bodies.”
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Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis is a long-term associate of the Spaniard and spoke about the addition of Sanllehi.
“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.
“In the past three years we have supplemented our team with more top-class expertise across every aspect of our football operations.”
Raul Sanllehi could prove to be a crucial backroom addition for Arsenal. The Spaniard brings huge experience to an area in which Arsenal have struggled in recent years. Let’s hope it proves to be a smart signing.