Arsenal’s hopes of appointing Monchi as their new technical director has hit a snag as Sevilla president Josa Castro confirmed they are in advanced talks with him.
The 50-year-old, who gained a formidable reputation at Sevilla, where he worked alongside Arsenal manager Unai Emery for three years, is available after stepping down from his role earlier this month.
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.
Arsenal’s move for Monchi has been thrown into doubt with Sevilla looking to appoint him
Sevilla chief Castro said on Saturday: ‘We are negotiating for the agreement with Monchi, because he is the best and we have to see the fit of the Seville project with the Monchi project.
‘Both parties are optimistic and I am very optimistic that this also happens.’
Additionally, Monchi also posted a cryptic message on Twitter, hinting at a possible return to Sevilla.
He wrote: ‘The heart never forgets the place where I leave its best beats.’
Sevilla president Josa Castro (L) confirmed they are in talks to bring Monchi back to the club
Monchi was one of the preferred candidates of Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal’s head of football, who is leading the search for the final member to complete their senior team.
He helped transform Sevilla into regular Champions League qualifiers and Europa League winners, with an impressive network of scouts and shrewd working of the global transfer market during his 17-year period at the club.
He signed Dani Alves from Esporte Club Bahia as a 19-year-old for £150,000 and sold him to Barcelona for £32million. Ivan Rakitic came from Schalke for £2m and was sold to Barcelona for £16m, while Seydou Keita came from Lens for £9m and was also sold to Barcelona, for £13m.
Former Arsenal player Marc Overmars was a strong candidate for the role and despite being under contract with Ajax until 2020, it may be something the club revisits as an alternative to Monchi.
Arsenal may now consider move for Marc Overmards as they look for new technical director