Arsenal's head of international recruitment Francis Cagigao targeted by top clubs

Francis Cagigao recommended the signings of Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin (pictured), as well as Santi Cazorla
Image: Francis Cagigao recommended the signings of Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin (pictured), as well as Santi Cazorla

Arsenal's head of international recruitment, Francis Cagigao, is being chased by another leading Premier League team, plus top clubs in Spain, Germany and south America, according to Sky sources.

Arsene Wenger's close aide, who first brought Cesc Fabregas to the club and recommended the signings of Santi Cazorla, Hector Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez, has a contract until the summer of 2020.

However, a top-six Spanish club is targeting Cagigao for a director of football role - although they are concerned about competition for his signature from other leagues, including one of Arsenal's Premier League rivals.

Arsene Wenger (left) says he will reveal his 'mathematical equation' for management one day
Image: Wenger and Sanchez's futures at Arsenal are in doubt

Cagigao started working for Arsenal as a scout, but for the past decade has been a key member of Wenger's staff, helping the club acquire young players with potential at below market prices.

Wenger's own future is currently unclear, amid a wretched run of on-field form.

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The Gunners have lost six of their last nine games in all competitions and Wenger, whose current contract runs out this summer, has said an announcement on whether he will stay with the north Londoners will be made "very soon".

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