Sevilla president Jose Castro has confirmed that the club are in talks with Monchi over their sporting director job and he’s now very likely to join them.

VERONA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 08: Former AS Roma sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Monchi looks on before the Serie A match between Chievo Verona and AS Roma at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on February 8, 2019, in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
VERONA, ITALY – FEBRUARY 08: Former AS Roma sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Monchi looks on before the Serie A match between Chievo Verona and AS Roma at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on February 8, 2019, in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Sevilla themselves published quotes from their club president confirming that they’re on the lookout for a sporting director. Castro insisted that Monchi is their best option, and conversations are going well with him so far. He then said it’s “very likely” their former employee will join the club once again.

Nonetheless, Arsenal aren’t out of the picture just yet. Football.London claim the Gunners are unlikely to be dissuaded by Sevilla’s public courting of Monchi. They still hope the 50-year-old’s personal relationship with Unai Emery will convince him to turn down the offer from the Spanish side.

If not, Arsenal will ‘likely’ turn back to Ajax chief and former Gunner Marc Overmars, despite some doubts about the appointment within the club hierarchy. Steve Morrow, head of Arsenal’s youth scouting, is also a possible candidate internally. It’s looking more likely we’ll see some movement on this front in the coming weeks.