Friday, January 18, 2008
Arsenal's scout, Dimitrov’s agent and Levski’s owners converge on Israel training camp
The story so far: Bulgarian Nicolay Dimitrov travels to London Colney for a week’s trial late last month. According to his club Levski he leaves a good impression.
This is verified by Arsene Wenger himself in a fax sent to the player’s club. Arsenal also ask for permission to send a scout to Levski’s training camp in Israel.
Levski arrange friendly games against Dynamo Kiev in Israel so that Arsenal’s scout can watch Dimitrov in action.
Enter the Scout
Levski’s official site has issued a statement on 16th January verifying the scout’s arrival:
“Arsenal FC has sent today a scouting coach to Eilat, Israel, to watch PFC Levski forward Nikolay Dimitrov in the training sessions and match vs. Dynamo Kyiv on Sunday 20 January 2008”.
Bobby Bennet is the Arsenal scout that has already traveled to Eilat in Israel and has even been staying at the same hotel as the Levski players.
In fact according to Bulgarian sports paper “Gong” he has even been at each training session watching Dimitrov very closely.
This is Bobby Bennet enjoying the sun at Levski's training ground.
He is expected to make a general evaluation of Dimitrov's performance by this Sunday where he will be watching Levski play against Dynamo.
He has refused to make any comments to Bulgarian journalists.
Enter the agent
Dimitrov’s agent, Traiko Sokolov, had accompanied Dimitrov to London for his trial.
He has now traveled to Israel so that he could be there if Arsenal's scout wants to discuss the possibility of Dimitrov signing for Arsenal.
“I have traveled to Israel for Dimitrov but I cannot comment for now. Probably after Saturday” he said to sports paper “Gong”.
Enter the Levski hierarchy
Todor Batkov is the owner of Levski and also of the newspaper "Standard".
According to "Standard" Batkov and the honorary president of the club Michael Chernoy will visit Israel during the weekend to watch Levski's friendly against Dynamo.
Are the scout, the agent and the Levski owner converging together for a reason?