Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez is ready to offer Arsenal's assistant technical secretary Francis Cagigao the chance to join him in the Spanish capital.
Benitez, who is busy building his own backroom team after succeeding Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu, is well aware of the 45-year-old's credentials and wants to coax him away from north London while he has the chance.
According to a report in The Mirror, which cites an untraceable story from The Sun, Cagigao's contract with the Gunners is running out and they have yet to make contact with regards to an extension.
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Despite the lack of contact over an extended deal, Arsene Wenger still sees Cagigao as a valuable member of his backroom coaching staff and recently showed his respect by promoting him to assistant technical secretary, whatever that means.
He has been involved with Arsenal for almost 20-years, arriving shortly after Wenger took charge in 1996. Before doing that very important job, Cagigao had experienced a huge amount of success as a scout for the Gunners.
He was the man who discovered a 15-year-old Cesc Fabregas in the Barcelona academy and played a key role in convincing the midfielder to move to Arsenal.
Fabregas would later go on to experience tremendous success at both Highbury and the Emirates before rejoining his boyhood club in 2011.
"Cagigao was one of the few, indeed, probably the only, European club scouts at these tournaments"
Cagigao also tried, but failed, to bring Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique to London, in what would have surely been labelled as the most successful triple-transfer of all time had he pulled it off.
The Messi approach
Guillem Balague revealed how close Cagigao was to bringing Messi to north London in his book on the Argentinian released last year.
He said: "It all began with a game in Lloret de Mar against Parma. On that day Pique didn’t play, but the rest of the gang, who had already won the game, did. Arsenal’s representative in Spain, Francis Cagigao was astonished.
"Cagigao’s report was unequivocal. Messi was a ‘little flea’ aged 15 with extraordinary qualities, although he still didn’t possess the power that he would later add to his game.
"Cagigao was one of the few, indeed, probably the only, European club scouts at these tournaments, so the offer from Arsenal was Leo’s first from a foreign club since he had arrived at Barcelona."
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