Update on Arsenal’s pursuit of Roma Director Monchi

Reports across both the English and Italian medias this evening have provided updates on Arsenal’s chase of Roma chief Monchi.

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

Arsenal bound?

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.

And, on the back of rumours that the former were ramping up their chase of the former Sevilla chief over the last couple of days, the Mirror this evening cite a report from Il Messaggero, suggesting that a deal to take Monchi to the Emirates is on the verge of completion.

It is claimed that the Gunners are ready to pay the £2 million buyout clause in the 50-year-old’s Roma contract.

In addition, the Arsenal board are said to have presented an official contract offer to Monchi, with the Giallorossi chief having ‘agreed to the terms’, and made it clear that he intends to ‘leave Italy before the end of the season.’

‘Contacts ongoing’

Reliable Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, on the other hand, claims that an agreement is yet to be found.

The Gazzetta reporter, though, adds that Monchi ‘is really tempted’ by Arsenal’s offer:

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