Arsenal plotting move for Man City chief behind Jadon Sancho transfer in scout re-shuffle | Football
The Gunners let go of eight academy scouts on Monday as part of a huge shake-up behind the scenes in north London.
Technical director Edu and academy chief Per Mertesacker are planning a major reshuffle of their academy set-up, and are planning to steal Joe Shields from Manchester City as part of that.
Shields is the man credited with bringing Jadon Sancho to the Citizens before his £7million move to Borussia Dortmund.
The former Crystal Palace and Fulham chief has been at City for more than six years, but Arsenal reportedly want him to play a lead role in the club’s youth set-up going forward, claims the Daily Mail.
Sancho spent two years in Manchester before leaving for Germany, where he established himself as one of the brightest talents in the world.
The attacking midfielder failed to make it through to the City first-team squad leaving him frustrated, and when the opportunity never arose, he opted to leave at just 17.
Since then, he has gone from the Dortmund second team to their first-team squad, where he is now a key player.
His performances have been so impressive that he is now wanted by a host of teams throughout Europe, with his eventual transfer fee expected to be upwards of £100m.
And Shields’ ability to spot young talent like Sancho is what has earned him the link to Arsenal.
Arsenal told eight academy scouts as part of the shake-up, including Steve Morrow, former head of youth recruitment.
Now, however, it is reported that the FA want Morrow to play a part in their scouting set-up.
The same report from The Mail claims the FA are looking to him to play a role in their next scouting report, with a view to a permanent job afterwards.
Elsewhere at The Emirates, Granit Xhaka has been stripped of the captaincy after his run-in with home fans.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been chosen as his replacement.