The 50-year-old built a three-time Europa League-winning squad for Emery at Sevilla (AP)Roma sporting director Monchi will leave the Italian club this summer and join old pal Unai Emery at Arsenal, according to reports in Spain.
The Gunners have been on the hunt for a new transfer guru to oversee their recruitment following Sven Milsintat’s departure, with both Monchi and Ajax chief Marc Overmars the frontrunners for the position.
But now Marca report that it is the Roma man who will take over at Arsenal when his contract with the Serie A side expires on June 30.
Monchi will be given full control of Arsenal’s recruitment, working under Raul Sanllehi (Getty)Emery knows the 50-year-old well from their time together at Sevilla, with Monchi overseeing the construction of a squad that won the Europa League in three straight seasons.
Monchi will be given full control and plans to return Arsenal to their roots of signing and developing young players with huge potential, something he is a master at and which was lost slightly under Mislintat’s watch.
The German was responsible for signing the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sokratis and Stephan Lichtsteiner, all of whom are 29 or older, while it was Emery who pushed for Matteo Guendouzi’s arrival.
While Mislintat was buying experience, Monchi brought some supremely talented teenagers to Rome in the form of Justin Kluivert and Nicolo Zaniolo – the latter bagging a Champions League brace against Porto last week.
Emery wants to work with a younger squad, while Mislintat signed several older players (Getty)There was experience added too through Steven Nonzi and Javier Pastore, though Monchi’s primary brief is finding stars of the future: last season, for example, he unearthed Cengiz Under and Lorenzo Pellegrini.
Arsenal are hoping he can replicate that formula at the Emirates, and they won’t have to pay any compensation fee for the sporting director given that his contract expires this summer.
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