Monchi looks set to snub the chance to become Arsenal sporting director after agreeing to return to Sevilla on a three-year deal. The 50-year-old left his post as director of football at Roma a matter of days after the club had sacked head coach Eusebio Di Francesco following speculation he had been sounded out about joining Arsenal.
The Gunners were keen to bring in the highly-regarded Spaniard to fill the new role created at the Emirates Stadium amid the ongoing restructuring at the north London outfit behind the scenes. Having agreed in principle to take the job at Arsenal, widespread speculation in the Italian and Spanish press suggests Monchi is now on his way back to Sevilla, the club where he made his name.
Monchi was appointed director of football at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in 2000 and is widely credited with discovering the likes of Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas and Jose Antonio Reyes, while also bringing in Dani Alves, Ivan Raktitic and Seydou Keita before moving them on for a profit. Amid speculation he has agreed a three-year contract with Sevilla, Monchi has also tweeted: “The heart doesn’t ever forget the place where it felt its best beats”.