Transfers: Sevilla guru Monchi is back and has already done 10 deals – Arsenal missed out

15 Jul

In March, famed transfer guru Monchi rejected a move to Arsenal in favour of a return to Sevilla.

The deal-making don spent 17 years with the Spanish side as player and a director of football, before a spell with Roma between 2017 and early 2019.

Monchi dedicates his time to finding the best players for his club
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His scouting set-up saw Sevilla unearth gems from their academy like Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas, and Jose Antonio Reyes, while he also found bargains abroad such as Dani Alves, Julio Baptista, Ivan Rakitic, and Seydou Keita.

Upon leaving Roma, he could have moved to London with the Gunners but turned them down, thanking them for their interest.

One of Monchi’s discoveries, Rakitic, captained Sevilla to Europa League glory
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And it already looks like Arsenal have really missed a trick in failing to tempt him to north London as Monchi has already completed 10 signings for just over £100million, while transfermarkt values them at around £142m.

Furthermore, he’s also sold three players for a combined £43million to offset his outlays – now that’s what we call business.

The Gunners, on the other hand, have only signed Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli, while losing Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer. They’ve also released Danny Welbeck and Stephan Lichtsteiner and completed the sale of David Ospina.

Check out Monchi’s business below.

In

Jules Kounde (Bordeaux) – £22.5million

Munas Dabbur (RB Salzburg) – £13.5million

Munas Dabbur in action for Red Bull Salzburg.
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Diego Carlos (Nantes) – £13.5million

Lucas Ocampos (Marseille) – £13.5million

Argentine midfielder Lucas Ocampos in action for Marseille
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Joan Jordan (Eibar) – £12.6million

Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven) – £11.25million

Luuk De Jong celebrates scoring against Tottenham in the Champions League
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Oliver Torres (FC Porto) – £10.8million

Maximilian Wober (Ajax) – £9.45million

Fernando (Galatasaray) – £4milion

Sergio Reguilon (Real Madrid) – loan

Sergio Reguilon played in place of Marcelo at points last season
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Out

Gabriel Mercado (Al-Rayyan) – Free transfer

Marc Gual (Girona) – Loan

Juan Soriano (Leganes) – Loan

Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain) – £16.2million

Quincy Promes (Ajax) – £14.1million

Luis Muriel (Atalanta) – £13.5million

Muriel in Champions League action for Sevilla
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And these aren’t the only deals to be done either.

Sevilla will, at the very least, be looking for one or two more upgrades, likely on the right wing and another in defence too.

Meanwhile there is a real possibility they will be funded be the sales of Wissam Ben Yedder, Simon Kjaer, or Sergi Gomez, while Roque Mesa could also be sold.

*All transfer fees according to Transfermarkt

Arsenal news: Edu tipped to return to former club as sporting director after Copa America ends

7 May

Edu is expected to become Arsenal’s new sporting director in the summer.

The former midfielder, who spent five seasons with the Gunners, is currently working for the Brazilian FA but is ready to join the north London club when the Copa America ends on July 7.

Edu is set to return to Arsenal as their sporting director
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It has been widely reported in Brazil that Edu will imminently sign a five-year contract with Arsenal ahead of his impending return.

He is understood to be set to have one more meeting with the north London club to finalise the details of that contract.

The 40-year-old won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups with the club and was also part of the ‘Invincibles’ squad.

He is currently the general co-ordinator for the Brazil national team and has previously impressed as sporting director at Corinthians.

Edu is currently working with the Brazilian FA
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Arsenal have been looking for a new sporting director for a number of months since the restructure of the club’s hierarcy.

Head of recruitment Sven Mislintat left Arsenal when he was not offered that role.

Roma’s director of football Monchi looked to be lined up as sporting director and even left the club by mutual consent in March.

He elected to rejoin his former team Sevilla rather than reunite with Unai Emery at Arsenal.

Head of football Raul Sanllehi and chief negotiator Huss Fahey are understood to be in control of Arsenal’s transfer business this summer.

Arsenal considered Tottenham’s former head of recruitment for technical director role

19 Mar

Former Tottenham head of recruitment Paul Mitchell was under consideration for the vacant technical director role at Arsenal.

Mitchell made a name for himself at Southampton, playing a part in the club’s promotion to the Premier League in 2012.

Monchi rejected the Gunners

The former MK Dons defender then followed Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham in 2014 and engineered the signing of players such as Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld.

He now plies his trade at Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, helping to produce their young talent and recruit players, but it is understood the Gunners have terminated their interest.

Arsenal were left disappointed when Monchi, who left a similar role at Roma two weeks ago, rejected their three-year offer in favour of a second spell at Sevilla.

“I thank Arsenal for their interest,” Monchi said.

“It has been the club that has shown the most interest in me but, in the end, I evaluated all of the offers I had on the table and I chose the one that convinced me most.

“I had other options, and very important ones that were flashier, but I’ve chosen Seville because its sporting project convinced me.

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“Many people outside of Seville have told me that I’ve made the wrong choice, that sequels are never good. I’ve evaluated all of this.”

Another target, former player and Ajax director of football Marc Overmars, yesterday signed a new contract with the Dutch club, keeping him there until at least 2024.

According to The Times, Arsenal are running out of time to appoint a technical director and may look internally for someone to fill the role.

The summer transfer window is fast approaching, and the newspaper suggests Steve Morrow, the club’s head of youth scouting, has emerged as a potential candidate for the role.

Marc Overmars: Arsenal dealt fresh blow in sporting director search as former winger signs new Ajax contract

18 Mar

Marc Overmars has committed his future to Ajax, effectively ruling out the possibility of becoming Arsenal’s new sporting director by has signing a new contract with the Dutch club until 2024.

Marc Overmars has signed a contract with Ajax until 2024

The former Gunner had been linked with a move back to the Premier League club but he will instead remain with Ajax.

The 45-year-old made 143 appearances for Arsenal between 1997 and 2000.

He retired from football in 2009 and has been part of Ajax’s management since 2012.

“There are still plenty of challenges at Ajax and I’m having a good time here,” Overmars said.

“We are taking steps with both the youth academy and the first team and we still want to show a lot.”

Arsenal are still looking for a replacement for Sven Mislintat after the recruitment head left in February.

The north London club had been linked with Monchi, who departed as Roma’s director of football earlier this month.

He decided to return to his former club Sevilla, though, and was announced as their sporting director on Sunday.

Monchi thanks Arsenal for interest, explains why he rejected Premier League move to rejoin Sevilla

18 Mar

Monchi has revealed he rejected advances from Arsenal to return ‘home’ to Spanish club Sevilla.

Sevilla confirmed the reappointment of Monchi as their general sporting director on Saturday two years after he left the club for Serie A side Roma.

Monchi worked behind the scenes at Sevilla for 17 years before leaving for Roma

The 50-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the Gunners following head of recruitment Sven Mislintat’s departure in Feburary.

Spaniard Monchi, who left Roma earlier this month, claims he received interest from Arsenal but the project set out by Sevilla president Jose Castro Carmona convinced him to rejoin the club.

Monchi said: “I thank Arsenal for their interest.

“It has been the club that has shown the most interest in me but, in the end, I evaluated all of the offers I had on the table and I chose the one that convinced me most.

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“I had other options, and very important ones that were flashier, but I’ve chosen Sevilla because its sporting project convinced me.

“I want to thank everyone that contributed to my return to what I consider to be my home.”

Monchi left Seville in April 2017 to end a 17-year period where the LaLiga side won 11 trophies, including three Europa League titles with current Gunners boss Unai Emery the Sevilla manager.

He added: “Many people outside of Seville have told me that I’ve made the wrong choice, that sequels are never good.

“I’ve evaluated all of this. I’m here not because I’m a Sevilla fan, not to save someone’s skin, but because in the conversations I’ve had with the club president and other club executives, they have transmitted to me an idea of what Sevilla’s future could be that coincides with what I believe Sevilla’s future should be.

“My idea is to help Sevilla grow. I want to build a Sevilla team that can fight among the best.”

Arsenal news: Gunners handed boost in pursuit of Monchi as Roma director of football leaves club by mutual consent

8 Mar

Monchi’s move to Arsenal has taken a big step forward as Roma have announced their sporting director has left the club by mutual consent.

He has followed coach Eusebio Di Francesco out the door at the Stadio Olimpico, after the manager’s sacking on Thursday – 24 hours after Roma were knocked out of the Champions League by Porto.

Monchi will reportedly take the Arsenal technical director job

Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked by Fulham last week, is set to take charge until the end of the season. It will be his second spell in the Roma hot seat.

Monchi was expected to leave the Serie A club at the end of the season, but his exit has been brought forward.

A club statement read: “AS Roma and sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, more commonly known as Monchi, can confirm that the two parties have reached a mutual agreement to bring an early end to their professional relationship.

“The club would like to thank Monchi for his work while at the club.”

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Monchi has reportedly been offered a deal to come to Arsenal, which would mean he reunites with Unai Emery.

The pair worked together at Sevilla in a spell which saw them win three Europa League titles.

Monchi left Sevilla to join Roma in April 2017

Monchi departs the Italian capital as Roma’s American owners sweep the board amid fan frustration.

He was confronted at the airport in Porto by angry supporters following the Champions League round of 16 defeat.

Frederic Massara has filled Monchi’s role for the foreseeable future.

Monchi: The best players the ex-Roma talent-spotter has signed as he prepares to take Arsenal hot seat

27 Feb

Arsenal look set to appoint famed talent-spotter Monchi as their new technical director – and what a coup it would be for the north London club.

The Spaniard, who has now left his post at Roma, made his name as one of the best talent-spotters in the game following his 17-year stint with LaLiga side Sevilla.

Monchi is set to take the Arsenal technical director job

He oversaw a remarkable turnaround for the club – playing an instrumental role in their promotion to Spain’s top flight and helping them win five Europa League titles with his astute eye for talent.

He is now on the verge of taking the recruitment hot-seat in north London following the departure of Sven Mislintat as the club’s Head of Recruitment.

But who are Monchi’s best ever signings? talkSPORT.com has identified some of his best deals as he finalises his move to the Gunners…


Carlos Bacca

Monchi signed the Colombian striker from Club Brugge in 2013 for a fee of £5.25million.

The forward immediately hit the ground running in LaLiga, scoring 21 goals in his first season for Los Hispalenses.

After another prolific season in LaLiga where he scored 28 goals – Bacca was then sold to Milan for a fee of £22.5million.

Mauricio Pochettino insists there is no interest from Tottenham in Carlos Bacca
Carlos Bacca in action

Geoffrey Kondogbia

In 2012, Monchi pinpointed the talent of the midfield powerhouse from Ligue 2 side Lens for £3million.

After some dominant performances in the middle of the park Monaco got out their chequebook to sign the Central African Republic international for £15million – five times what Sevilla paid for him.

Kondogbia was signed from France for £3million

Julio Baptista

The Brazilian was signed from Sao Paolo in 2003 as defensive midfielder but was transformed into a prolific striker in his time at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

He scored 47 goals in his first two seasons before earning a move to the capital and signing for Real Madrid for £15million.

Dani Alves

Monchi himself has stated this was his best ever signing and not even he could have imagined his signing would become one of the finest defenders in the modern game.

Alves was signed for just £413k from Bahia in 2003 and spent five years with Sevilla before transferring to Barcelona for £27million in 2008.

He made his spot on the right-flank his own in Catalonia and has since gone on to play for Juventus and now Paris Saint-Germain.

Alves playing for Sevilla

Ivan Rakitic

Monchi spotted the Croat’s contract was winding down at Schalke and he was then signed at Sevilla for the cut-price fee of £1.8million.

He captained the side to Europa League glory in 2014 before leaving for Barcelona that summer.

There is now speculation that he could leave Camp Nou, with Chelsea interested and a £44million asking fee set by Barca chiefs.

Rakitic captained Sevilla to Europa League glory

Seydou Keita

Monchi came in for the Malian while he was at Lens in 2007 and he became a midfield powerhouse in the Sevilla line-up in 2007.

He was then sold the following year for £10.5million and was a pivotal figure for Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking Barca side.

Federico Fazio

The South American was signed from second division Argentine side Ferro Carril in 2007 for just £600k.

After being integrated through the ranks he became a solid asset at the back and was then sold to Tottenham Hotspur in 2014 for £7.5million.

After failing to impress at Spurs, Fazio returned to Sevilla in January on loan in 2016 but is now back at Roma and reunited with Monchi.

Fazio now plays for Roma – Monchi’s current club

Christian Poulsen

The Dane was signed for free from Schalke in 2007 after the World Cup and played brilliantly in his two years at Sevilla.

The defensive midfielder was scooped up by Juventus in 2008 and signed for £7.3million and later went on to have a unsuccessful stint at Liverpool.

Poulsen was signed by Sevilla for free

Adriano

Another talented Brazilian player that Monchi signed on the cheap was Adriano.

The full-back, although not as explosive as Alves on the other flank, solidified his spot on the left side of Sevilla’s defence for six years after his £1.8million move.

He was another player to make his way to Barcelona – moving to Catalonia in 2010 for £7.13million.

Grzegorz Krychowiak

The second biggest profit-maker on this list goes to the Pole.

He had been playing his football for Ligue 2 side Reims in France and was spotted by Monchi and signed for £5million in 2014.

In 2014, he was then sold to PSG for almost five times the amount – sealing a £24million move to the French capital.

Krychowiak was signed from Ligue 2 side Reims

Transfer news and football gossip: David de Gea deal in danger, Chelsea set to keep Gonzalo Higuain, Manchester United chasing Barcelona star

27 Feb

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online…

Manchester United are yet to reach a breakthrough in contract negotiations with David de Gea despite their willingness to offer the goalkeeper £350,000-a-week. [Evening Standard]

Juventus do not intend to recall Gonzalo Higuain once his loan spell at Chelsea finishes at the end of the season, leaving the Blues free to sign the Argentine on a permanent deal. [The Sun]

Manchester United have joined the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic this summer. Inter Milan are also understood to be interested. [Daily Mail]

Antonio Rudiger’s brother says the Chelsea captaincy should be stripped from Cesar Azpilicueta and given to Rudiger instead. [Daily Mirror]

Roma reluctantly expect to lose their highly-rated sporting director Monchi to Arsenal in the near future. [Evening Standard]

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen says Germany team-mate Marco Reus would’ve been fantastic at the Nou Camp if he didn’t stay loyal to Borussia Dortmund. [Goal]

Transfer news: Jasper Cillessen open to move away from Barcelona amid Arsenal and Liverpool links
Marc-Andre ter Stegen wishes Marco Reus joined Barcelona

Southampton a plotting a new move for RB Leipzig striker and Everton target Jean-Kevin Augustin. [Daily Mail]

Watford have emerged as one of the favourites to sign 18-year-old Boavista defender Goncalo Cardoso. [Daily Mail]

Tottenham have announced that Molton Brown has become the club’s official supplier of toiletries. [Tottenham’s official website]

Arsenal news: Monchi agrees to join Gunners ahead of reported summer move to Emirates

25 Feb

Arsenal have reportedly taken a huge step forward with their attempts to hire Monchi as the famed sporting director is believed to have accepted an offer from the Gunners.

Monchi, who currently works for Roma, has been linked with becoming Arsenal’s new technical director since it was confirmed Sven Mislintat would leave his post as the club’s head of recruitment.

Monchi is widely regarded as one of the best sporting directors in the game

Mislintat’s departure was announced in January and he officially left the club earlier this month, with the former Borussia Dortmund man’s reign lasting just 14 months.

The north Londoners are believed to have assessed many candidates to succeed Mislintat in the position, but Monchi has been a prime target due to his excellent record throughout his 17-year spell with Sevilla.

Monchi was responsible for discovering the likes of Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas and Jose Antonio Reyes, and also signed players such as Dani Alves, Julio Baptista and Ivan Rakitic before selling them for huge profit

He left Sevilla in April 2017 and soon joined Roma, but has now agreed to cut short his spell in Italy to join Arsenal.

According to Calciomercato, Monchi has said ‘yes’ to Arsenal over a move to the Emirates, with the Gunners ready to pay the £2.6million (€3million) required to release him from his contract.

Though no official moving date is claimed, previous reports suggest Monchi was being targeted by Arsenal to start work over the summer.

Roma have started assessing candidates to succeed Monchi, with former AC Milan director Massimiliano Mirabelli and Daniele Faggiano, who currently works for Parma, on the club’s shortlist along with Federico Balzaretti and Frederic Massara, who could be promoted from within to jointly take the position.

Arsenal news: Gunners offer technical director job to Monchi and believe he will accept

23 Feb

Arsenal have reportedly offered their vacant technical director role to Roma man Monchi.

And, according to the Daily Mirror, they believe the Spaniard, 50, will take the role if they activate the £1million buyout clause in his current contract which expires next year.

Roma sporting director Monchi.

Monchi worked with Gunners boss Unai Emery at Sevilla and has been the club’s first-choice to take the role as the club shake up their backroom structure.

The decision to overlook head of recruitment Sven Mislintat for the jobs saw the German leave the club last year, despite a decent set of signings during his time in north London, including Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.

Monchi is highly-regarded for his knowledge and ability which saw Sevilla snap up numerous talents like Dani Alves and Ivan Rakitic ahead of other sides.ace.

And this has seen him the target of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain too but it is Arsenal who appear to have won the r

Arsenal are facing a tough challenge this summer knowing they need to overhaul their squad despite having very little money in the coffers.

And they feel Monchi’s talents and contacts will give them the best footing to get things right at a vital time for the club.

Lucas Torreira has been a revelation in north London having been signed by the departed Sven Mislintat.It’s believes the Gunners also looked at appointing former player Marc Overmars to the role given his role in spotting the likes of Frenkie de Jong at Ajax but Monchi is their pick and Roma are braced for his departure.