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.
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.
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.
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Jules Kounde (Bordeaux) – £22.5million
Munas Dabbur (RB Salzburg) – £13.5million
Diego Carlos (Nantes) – £13.5million
Lucas Ocampos (Marseille) – £13.5million
Joan Jordan (Eibar) – £12.6million
Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven) – £11.25million
Oliver Torres (FC Porto) – £10.8million
Maximilian Wober (Ajax) – £9.45million
Fernando (Galatasaray) – £4milion
Sergio Reguilon (Real Madrid) – loan
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
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.
“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.
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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.”
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.
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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.
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Frederic Massara has filled Monchi’s role for the foreseeable future.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.
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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.
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