According to a report in Marca this evening, Monchi will leave Roma this summer and join Arsenal to reunite with Unai Emery.
The Spaniard has been one of the names most heavily linked with the job of Technical Director after the departure of Sven Mislintat earlier this month, and with his contract set to expire with the Italian club in June, the Gunners would not have to pay any kind of fee to acquire his services.
Monchi (real name Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo) spent years as the Director of Football at Sevilla where Emery won three successive Europa Leagues.
He also fits into the current Arsenal model which is about identifying young talent and developing them – and with Sevilla many were sold for massive profits.
The Arsenal squad will need some serious work this summer with Petr Cech retiring, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck leaving for free, and question marks over a number of first team players including Mesut Ozil.
There’s an aging defence that needs to be rebuilt, and funds could be limited by parsimonious owners KSE, so bringing in players who are a bit under the radar looks like the way we’ll be going.
As ever, it’s worth taking stories like this with a pinch of salt, but there’s a lot of smoke around the Monchi fire, so let’s see.