Arsenal are said to be strongly considering a move to sign Barcelona’s head of development Pep Segura.
The 56 year-old is highly-rated across Europe, and is believed to be a key figure in helping Barcelona’s B and Juvenil A side’s to top their respectable divisions.
It’s Segura’s role to oversee the development of all the players from youth level up to the Barca B side.
The Spanish coach worked in England previously with Liverpool, during a three-year spell between 2009 and 2012, and has already been targeted by Chelsea. Premier League officials are said to hold him in the highest regard, and he could well be a crucial addition to our staff.
Any move by us would likely be rivalled by one or more of our league rivals, with many known to admire his services.
Our club have been described as a mini-Barcelona in previous years, and are said to have a similar playing style to that of La Masia, and he may well be prefer our set-up to that of our rivals.
We are also proven to be an attractive club to those who have come through the Barcelona youth academy, with Hector Bellerin and Cesc Fabregas having earned their way into the Gunners first-team having joined at a young age, while a whole host of players have played for both sides later in their careers.
Marc Overmars, Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb, Thomas Vermaelen, Emmanuel Petit, Sylvinho, Giovanni Van Bronckhurst, Alex Song and Alexis Sanchez have all played for both teams over the past decades, which is a huge amount.
Would we pose a more attractive option than our rivals should Segura decide to leave Barcelona?