Arsenal boost: Monchi agrees to depart AS Roma

As per a number of reliable sources across the Italian media this morning, Monchi and AS Roma have reached a mutual agreement to part ways.

Sevilla stint

50-year-old Monchi is best-remembered for his time in Spain with Sevilla.

After lining out with the Andalusian outfit for 9 years between 1990 and 1999, the Spaniard was appointed as the club’s sporting director in 2000.

And Monchi subsequently went on to establish himself as one of European football’s most highly-respected figures over the course of his 17 year-stint at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, overseeing a hugely-impressive 11-trophy-haul for Los Hispalenses.

Roma switch

As such, it was viewed as a major coup for Roma when the Serie A giants coaxed Monchi away from his home country in the summer of 2017.

And the former goalkeeper has since gone on to secure the signatures of a number of highly sought-after players since his arrival in the Italian capital.

The likes of Cengiz Under, Justin Kluivert, Steven NZonzi and breakout star Nicolo Zaniolo have all made the move to the Stadio Olimpico since Monchi’s appointment.

Nicolò Zaniolo

Nicolò Zaniolo during the Serie A match between Chievo Verona and AS Roma. Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images.

Arsenal links

As a result, reports that a number of Europe’s top clubs maintain an interest in luring the Spaniard away from the Giallorossi have come as little surprise.

In the Premier League, both Arsenal and Manchester United have been named as keen suitors of Monchi.

The former have long been thought to be particularly-keen, following Sven Mislintat’s surprise departure from North London last month.

Roma exit imminent

And Arsenal’s hopes of actually clinching a deal for Monchi have today been dealt a major boost.

As per reports from the likes of the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio and more, the Spaniard and Roma have reached a full agreement to part ways, with an official announcement expected to be forthcoming over the next couple of hours.

Monchi is expected to receive a severance package of 1.5 million Euro from the Giallorossi, with Tuttomercatoweb adding that he is all set to put pen-to-paper on a 3-year contract with Arsenal.

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