Arsenal are interesting in bringing in Borussia Dortmund chief scout Sven Mislintat to lead the overhaul of their backroom team.
Current incumbent Steve Rowley has reportedly "had enough" of life at The Emirates Stadium, having been painted as the fall-guy for the club's failures transfer market failures.
Rowley has worked with Arsenal in various roles for the last 35 years and was installed as chief scout in 1996, but is set to leave amid an upheaval of the club's recruitment system.
ESPN understands that the man behind Dortmund's remarkable recent success is being targeted by the Premier League club, but there is not yet any indication the move is close.
The report follows suggestions Arsenal had identified Aston Villa director of football Steve Round to be their new sporting director, but those plans now appear uncertain.
Mislintat is credited with building the Dortmund side that won successive Bundesliga titles under Jurgen Klopp and reached the Champions League final in 2012.
Robert Lewandowski, Shinji Kagawa, Mats Hummels, Jakub Blaszyczkowski, Neven Subotic and Sven Bender were all brought to Westfalenstadion during Mislintat's time with the club.
The German has also helped bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele, who was sold to Barcelona last summer for a fee which could rise to £135.5m (€151.8m).
Bayern Munich have previously been linked with a move for the 45-year-old, with the Bavarian giants wanting to recruit him as their technical director.
Arsenal intend to move Mislintat into the chief scout hotseat, though the future of Rowley is still to be resolved. Another key figure in transfer negotiations, Dick Law, is still to be replaced since leaving in September.
Should Mislintat, who has been with Dortmund since 2007, indeed move to Arsenal he would lead the club's drive towards a 'moneyball' led system of identifying and recruiting players; a policy that has been implemented at Liverpool.
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis wants to modernise the club's operations in the transfer market and having been largely criticised for taking an annual bonus of £900k during last season he will be keen to justify his existence in the eyes of Arsenal fans.