Arsenal FEAR losing Monchi deal as Sevilla open talks with sporting director

Arsenal FEAR losing Monchi deal as Sevilla open talks with sporting director

Sevilla president Pepe Castro has confirmed that the club are working on a deal to bring Monchi back to Andalusia.The 50-year-old left Roma by mutu

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Sevilla president Pepe Castro has confirmed that the club are working on a deal to bring Monchi back to Andalusia.

The 50-year-old left Roma by mutual consent last week following the sacking of Eusebio Di Francesco.

The Italians were forced into action following the club’s frustrating elimination from the Champions League in the Round of 16 against Porto.

Monchi has been drawn up as one of the standout candidates to replace Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment at Arsenal but those plans are now in jeopardy.

Sevilla’s agonising last-gasp Europa League exit at Slavia Prague on Thursday saw them part company with manager Pablo Machin.

It was only November that his side were sat top of La Liga, but a barren run of just two wins in ten matches now leaves them sixth and set to endure another trophyless campaign.

Director of football Joaquin Caparros will take charge of first-team affairs for Sunday’s trip to Espanyol.

Sevilla now need someone to fill his vacated role and Castro confirmed on Friday that the club are in negotiations with Monchi over a return.

“From today, Caparros is no longer a sporting director,” he said.

“Our option for the role is to take the best and the best is Monchi. We have already dealt with him and we have great feelings.

“We need a sports director for you to replace Caparros and soon we will have news from Monchi.

“The conversations with Monchi have been very positive. The conversations with Monchi have been good, we see him very receptive and we are waiting to finish the negotiation.

“We talked for many days with him and he likes the Sevilla project.”

Monchi was originally appointed director of football at his former club in 2000.

Under his recruitment strategy Sevilla established themselves as a top-half outfit in La Liga, winning 11 trophies along the way.

In the early days he helped unearth the likes of Sergio Ramos, Jose Antonio Reyes and Jesus Navas before creating a host of scouting networks around the world.

The result was a number of high profitable bargains which included Dani Alves, Ivan Rakitic and Federico Fazio.

In more recent times before his departure in 2017, Sevilla picked up the likes of Wissam Ben Yedder, Franco Vazquez and Clement Lenglet for cut-price fees.

The defender was sold to Barcelona for £32million last summer, 18 months after Monchi prized him away from French side Nancy for just £4.8m.

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