Gunners handed boost in pursuit of Monchi as Roma director of football leaves club by mutual consent


Monchi looks set to reunite with Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who he worked with at Sevilla

Monchi’s move to Arsenal has taken a big step forward as Roma have announced their sporting director has left the club by mutual consent.

He has followed coach Eusebio Di Francesco out the door at the Stadio Olimpico, after the manager’s sacking on Thursday – 24 hours after Roma were knocked out of the Champions League by Porto.

Monchi will reportedly take the Arsenal technical director job

Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked by Fulham last week, is set to take charge until the end of the season. It will be his second spell in the Roma hot seat.

Monchi was expected to leave the Serie A club at the end of the season, but his exit has been brought forward.

A club statement read: “AS Roma and sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, more commonly known as Monchi, can confirm that the two parties have reached a mutual agreement to bring an early end to their professional relationship.

“The club would like to thank Monchi for his work while at the club.”


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Monchi has reportedly been offered a deal to come to Arsenal, which would mean he reunites with Unai Emery.

The pair worked together at Sevilla in a spell which saw them win three Europa League titles.

Monchi left Sevilla to join Roma in April 2017

Monchi left Sevilla to join Roma in April 2017

Monchi departs the Italian capital as Roma’s American owners sweep the board amid fan frustration.

He was confronted at the airport in Porto by angry supporters following the Champions League round of 16 defeat.

Frederic Massara has filled Monchi’s role for the foreseeable future.

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