ARSENAL appear on the verge of acquiring Mikel Arteta as their new permanent manager.
Chiefs from the Gunners were spotted visiting the Spaniard at his Manchester home – including their top negotiator Huss Fahmy.
With the North London club in desperate need of revitalising, securing Arteta’s signature has become of utmost importance.
So who is the man sent to tie the ex-Arsenal captain to a deal at the Emirates Stadium?
Who is Huss Fahmy?
Hussein Fahmy is a lawyer, turned sport’s contract negotiator.
He started his career at private law firm, Herbert Smith – now merged with Freehills – who worked across a range of areas including finance, real estate and energy.
Fahmy then moved to Sky, dealing with rights holders and most notably the professional cycling team.
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When did he join Arsenal?
The lawyer joined Arsenal as part of the reshuffle that included Vinai Venkatesham becoming chief executive and Raul Sanellhi becoming the top football director at the Emirates Stadium.
Upon joining in June 2017, Fahmy began as transfer negotiator Dick Law’s understudy – before the veteran retired the following September.
He is now the main go-to guy to sign players to new deals, while getting pens on paper for new stars and managers.
What contracts has he negotiated for?
One of Fahmy’s first major contracts he dealt with at Arsenal was Mohamed Elneny’s new long-term deal.
Yet, the Gunners’ contract negotiator has since ensured the acquisitions of Unai Emery and Nicolas Pepe – a £72m buy in the summer.
Fahmy will have also been locked in contract talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette this season, with both stalling on a new deal.
Yet, more pressing for the former Sky man is playing his part in bringing Mikel Arteta to the Emirates.