Sevilla In Talks With Former Chief
Arsenal could miss out on the former Roma chief Monchi as their sporting director.
The Spaniard is a target for the Gunners as they seek to appoint a head of football for the first time.
Monchi was sacked by Roma last week along with head coach Eusebio di Francesco. It followed a spending spree last summer of €105million. But instead of challenging for domestic and European honours the side have crashed out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage – two rounds earlier than last year – and are outside a top four spot in Serie A.
Monchi’s exit last week appeared to pave the way for a move to the Emirates. But Sevilla claimed on Friday to have had ‘productive’ talks about a return to the club where he spent 17 years as sporting director.
The 50-year-old had spent his entire career at Sevilla before announcing in 2016 that he was serving a one-year notice period. He left in the summer of 2017.
As a player he came up through the club’s youth-team system before joining their B team in 1988. Two years later he was promoted to the first team but he made only 85 appearances in La Liga over a period of nine years.
At the end of his playing career Monchi became sporting director helping to build the club’s academy and presiding over a transfer policy that enabled the side to challenge for top honours.
Monchi worked with Arsenal coach Unai Emery during his three years at Sevilla from 2013 to 2016.