Arsenal 'handed huge Monchi blow as Sevilla make contact'

Paola Ditto
Marzo 17, 2019

The 50-year-old built up a fine reputation at Sevilla with their extraordinary buy-and-sell policy, turning major profits on the likes of Dani Alves, Ivan Rakitic, Carlos Bacca and Seydou Keita.

Sevilla president Jose Castro has confirmed that the club are in talks to re-sign Arsenal linked Monchi as their sporting director.

Sevilla sacked head coach Pablo Machin on Friday and director of football Joaquin Caparros has stepped into the role, meaning that there is a position open at the Estadio Ramon.

"Sevilla now need a sports director and we have looked for the best", Castro told reporters.

Monchi was appointed Sevilla's director of football in 2000
Monchi was appointed Sevilla's director of football in 2000

Monchi worked with Sevilla for 16 years before leaving for Roma, but left the Italian side by mutual consent last week.

But despite being offered a three-year contract to replace head of recruitment Sven Mislintat at the Emirates, he is now in talks with Sevilla.

Arsenal had expected to wrap up a deal for Monchi to join the club's senior executive team but now face a serious threat of missing out on him with the Spaniard contemplating a return to his former club.

"Our conversations have gone well with him, the conversations have been very receptive. The conversations have been very positive".

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