Reports from Italy suggest that Roma are set to part ways with their Director of Football, Monchi (real name Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo).
The Spaniard has been linked heavily with Arsenal in recent weeks following the departure of Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat, with people inside the club informed that the the 50 year would be moving to London at the end of this season.
However, it appears as if that could happen sooner as changes are afoot at the Serie A club. Following their elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Porto this week manager Eusebio Di Francesco was fired, with recently departed Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri set to take over.
The European exit reportedly sparked confrontations between Roma staff and fans at the airport, with Monchi apparently telling the aggressors he’d take them on ‘one by one’.
It now appears as if his time in the Italian capital is coming to an end, and it may well expedite his arrival to North London.
Arsenal’s Head of Football Raul Sanllehi is anxious to rebuild his recruitment team ahead of what’s going to be a very busy summer, and the Spanish connection, plus Monchi’s history of working with Unai Emery, makes him a clear favourite for the job.
We’ll obviously have to wait and see, but if it means he can come in now and start the work we badly need to do then hopefully we can make it happen sooner rather than later.
One to keep an eye on.