L’Équipe report this evening that Marseille Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta has informed people close to him inside the Ligue 1 club that he is tempted to leave, growing frustrated with the lack of progress that the Frank McCourt project is making.
The 57-year-old has been approached by Arsenal and now appears in pole on the London club’s shortlist of targets to fill a position vacated by Sven Mislintat. Monchi and Marc Overmars, who were both pursued by AFC, rejected the chance to join up with the North London club in the capacity offered.
The report claims that Raul Sanllehi is behind the move for Zubi, himself having spent 14 years at Barcelona before joining Arsenal in November 2017. Unai Emery is a “strong proponent” for the potential arrival of the Catalan club’s former Sporting Director.
The newspaper contends that the Spanish contingent at Arsenal are looking to strengthen in number to replicate the structure at Manchester City, which is dominated by compatriots, potentially to secure their own futures: Pep Guardiola (manager), Ferran Soriano (Executive Director) & Txiki Bergiristain (Technical Director) – all three are former Barcelona employees.
Zubizarreta, who has fallen out in terms of closeness with Marseille manager Rudi Garcia in recent months, is tempted by a move to London, but the article provides no details regarding whether or not a formal offer has been made by the Gunners to “Zubi” or not.