Reports in the Italian press seem to believe that Monchi will be joining Arsenal and that this weekend could be his last Rome derby.

Roma sporting director Monchi smiles during a press conference at the Wanda Metropolitan stadium in Madrid on November 21, 2017 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Club Atletico de Madrid  and AS Roma. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO
Roma sporting director Monchi smiles during a press conference at the Wanda Metropolitan stadium in Madrid on November 21, 2017 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and AS Roma. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO

Arsenal are still on the hunt for a new sporting director and it seems as if they are going to land Monchi.

Earlier this week, the Evening Standard wrote that Monchi is ‘likely’ to leave Roma this summer the club are ‘increasingly resigned’ to his departure, and Monchi himself is interested in working in England.

Now, Leggo in Rome claims “The road that leads to London side Arsenal, it seems more and more plain.” In other words, he’s on his way.

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Leggo 27 February 2019

The article reads, via Google translate:

“ROME – One of Saturday could be the last derby of the roman Monchi. The road that leads to London side Arsenal, it seems more and more plain. Also Emery, the coach of the Gunners who worked with Ramon in Seville, yesterday issued statements that they know to confirm: “I Know the club is working to understand how we can improve and how we can do better with the people that work for us, both in the present and in the future. But it is a matter that concerns the company. I, my staff and the players, we are focused on the next two matches”.

“Emery, in addition to Monchi, he could find himself at Arsenal as well Nzonzi, who has already trained in Seville in 2015-2016. The French can’t wait to get back in the Premier because in London living with the child together with his ex-wife. Instead of Monchi should be promoted, the couple Massara-Balzaretti, but remain alive the names of Faggiano and Mirabelli. This last one yesterday, has spoken to Rmc: “I to Rome? I’m seeing so many things in Italy and abroad, I am waiting for a project that makes me enjoy the fruits of my labor”.”

The 50-year-old is thought to be at the top of Arsenal’s shortlist for their new technical director job as it stands.

Previous reports suggested Monchi has a £1m release clause in Rome, but the Standard claim it’s closer to £2.6m. Either way, that’s a drop in the ocean for a club like Arsenal if he significantly improves their transfer business in general.

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