Arsenal’s search for a new technical director could be edging closer to a conclusion, with reports today saying that Ramon Ramirez Verdejo, better known as Monchi, is ‘considering’ joining the Gunners.
Arsenal are on the lookout for a replacement for Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat, who quit the club last month after just 14 months in charge of overseeing the Gunners recruitment following differences in opinion with sporting director Raul Sanllehi, as well as being frustrated at the clubs lack of spending power.
Monchi – who has also been targetted by Manchester United as a potential candidate to become the Red Devils first ever Director of Football – made a name for himself during his time at Sevilla, where he spotted a number of talented players, including Sergio Ramos, Dani Alves, and Ivan Rakitic before selling them on for a big profit.
During his time with the Southern Spanish side, he worked with now Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who steered the club to three consecutive Europa League triumphs.
Now, with the 50-year-old having quit his role as Roma’s director of football on Friday following the Italian clubs appointment of Claudio Ranieri as their manager, The Guardian are reporting that the Spaniard is now ‘considering joining Arsenal’.
Should he make a move to the Premier League side, he could be forced to work on a shoestring budget, with reports earlier this year suggesting that the Gunners could have just £40 million to spend in the summer transfer window.