Huge blow for Arsenal as No 1 target Monchi turns them down to return to Sevilla as sporting director
- Arsenal have missed out on Monchi as Sevilla confirm his return to the club
- The Spaniard has rejected a three-year deal from Arsenal to rejoin Sevilla
- Monchi had been Arsenal’s No 1 target to fill their technical director position
- Marc Overmars is one of a number of other options for Arsenal to now consider
Arsenal have missed out on Monchi as Sevilla confirm he has returned to become the club’s new sporting director.
The Premier League side had been confident of appointing the Spaniard as their new technical director after he left his post at Roma earlier this month.
However, Monchi has rejected a three-year contract from Arsenal and instead agreed a deal to return to the club where he gained his formidable reputation.
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Arsenal have missed out on Monchi as Sevilla confirm he has returned to the club
Sevilla confirmed his appointment on Sunday with a post on social media, writing: ‘Monchi has come home.’
The 50-year-old also rejected late approaches from Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid to return to the role he held two years ago.
Arsenal had expected to wrap up a deal for him to replace Sven Mislintat, who left his position as the club’s head of recruitment last month after just over a year in the job, but now they must consider other options.
Monchi will be Sevilla’s new sporting director after leaving his role at Roma earlier this month
Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal’s head of football, is leading the search for the final member of the club’s senior executive team and is understood to have identified Monchi as the club’s No 1 target.
Former player Marc Overmars was also a strong candidate and may now be in prime position to get the role despite being tied down to Ajax until 2020.
Overmars, having overseen Ajax’s surprise run to the Champions League quarter-final, is however not expected to be come cheap.
Arsenal may now consider move for Marc Overmards as they look for new technical director
Monchi’s decision to return to Sevilla will come as a huge blow for Arsenal.
The Spaniard is regarded as one of the best in the business at what he does, having transformed 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.
While at Sevilla, Monchi scouted numerous profitable bargains, including Dani Alves, Seydou Keita and Ivan Rakitic.
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Arsenal news LIVE: Gunners transfer hinges on Brexit, Unai Emery targets THREE signings
Arsenal news LIVE updates: All the latest news and gossip from the Emirates
Wednesday, March 29
- Arsenal hopes of signing Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli hinges on Brexit
- Arsenal are monitoring three players ahead of the transfer window
- Cristian Pavon, Cengiz Under and Ismaila Sarr on the shortlist
- Lee Dixon discusses Unai Emery’s training sessions
Brexit to determine Arsenal transfer…
Arsenal’s hopes of signing Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli hinges on Brexit, reports claim.
The Gunners are front-runners in the battle to sign Martinelli, who previously had trials with Manchester United and Barcelona.
But according to The Sun, Martinelli, 17, would struggle to qualify for a work permit.
The teenager reportedly plans to apply for a European passport because of his Italian heritage.
However, the report says that if the UK leaves the EU on March 29 – ‘British clubs would no longer be exempt from Fifa rules banning the transfer of players under 18 years old.’
Gunners eye trio
Arsenal are monitoring three players ahead of the transfer window but there’s a twist in the Denis Suarez saga, according to reports.
It was reported earlier this week that the north London giants had decided NOT to turn Suarez’s loan into a permanent deal.
However, Football London report that Arsenal are yet to make a final decision on the 25-year-old’s future.
Football London do say, though, that Arsenal are monitoring three forwards ahead of the summer transfer window.
Cristian Pavon, Cengiz Under and Ismaila Sarr are said to be on Unai Emery’s transfer shortlist.
Man City close to Saul Niguez
Manchester City are close to completing the signing of Atletico madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.
Pep Guardiola views Niguez, 24, as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho and an alternative to Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong.
And ESPN FC claim City are closing in on a summer transfer.
The report adds that Atletico are looking to raise funds this summer and value Niguez at £120million – but would accept closer to £80m.
Lee Dixon ITK
Lee Dixon has revealed what a club insider has told him about Unai Emery’s training sessions.
The Arsenal legend says training sessions have risen drastically in terms of intensity since Unai Emery replaced Wenger last summer.
“The training intensity and the accountability in training with what is expected of them has gone up,” Dixon told Premier League Productions.
“I know that for a fact because I’ve still got a few people knocking around the training ground that I can ask how things are going.
“The little insider has kind of said training has completely changed in that respect, which I think’s a good thing.”
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