Official: Arsenal target Monchi leaves Roma

AS Roma have confirmed that Monchi has vacated his role as sporting director amid reported interest from Arsenal.

The former Spanish goalkeeper has been at Roma since April 2017 following a successful 29-year spell at Sevilla, for whom he played for and worked as a sporting director.

At the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Monchi won five Europa Leagues and two Copa del Rey crowns and helped Sevilla discover young talents such as Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and former Arsenal winger Jose Antonio Reyes.

The 50-year-old also earned Sevilla a profit of €200m by selling stars such as Ivan Rakitic, Dani Alves and Julio Baptista.

But things at Roma didn’t quite take off the way they were supposed to, with fans slamming him over the past 12 months due to the transfer policy Monchi had established at the Italian capital.

Following the Giallorossi’s Champions League last-16 exit to FC Porto, Monchi was allegedly involved in a clash with the supporters and was made to publicly apologise.

Now the Spaniard will leave the Stadio Olimpico with immediate effect and be replaced by Frederic Massara.

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“I would like to thank President [James] Pallotta, the club’s management, staff, players and fans for their support during my time at the club,” Monchi told the club website.

“I wish Roma a lot of success in the future.”

Roma CEO Guido Fienga added: “I want to put on record our thanks to Monchi for his dedication during his time at the club and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours in football.”

Monchi’s departure from Roma comes just a day after the Italian club announced they had fired manager Eusebio Di Francesco.

Claudio Ranieri has since been placed as the favourite to take charge of his old side once more after leaving in 2011.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have been linked with a move for Monchi over the past month following the departure of their head of recruitment Sven Mislintat last month.

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