Arsenal target Monchi returns to Sevilla as sporting director after Roma exit

Sevilla have announced the return of sporting director Monchi to the Spanish club after his two-year spell at Roma ended earlier this month.

Monchi had been linked with taking up a similar position at Arsenal as a replacement for the departed Sven Mislintat but instead returns to Sevilla, who announced in a club statement that he will be presented to the media on Monday and officially begin work on April 1.

The 50-year-old had worked closely with former Sevilla coach Unai Emery, who is now in charge at Arsenal, and the pair helped the club win three consecutive Europa League titles.

Monchi is credited with playing a large role in transforming Sevilla into a championship club thanks to his scouting system that allowed him to sign affordable talents that then became lucrative stars. Among his top discoveries are Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Jose Antonio Reyes and Ivan Rakitic. Over the course of his 17 years in charge of the club's signings and transfers, Sevilla won a record five Europa League titles, plus two Copa del Rey titles, one European Super Cup and a Spanish Super Cup.

However, after joining Roma in 2017 he ensured the Giallorossi brought in big fees for some of their biggest name but the replacements have generally not proved to be up to scratch. His exit came soon after the sacking of Eusebio Di Francesco as manager.

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Leandro Paredes (Zenit St. Petersburg), Antonio Rudiger, Emerson Palmieri (both Chelsea), Alisson (Liverpool), Radja Nainggolan (Inter Milan) and Kevin Strootman (Marseille) are among the big names who were allowed to leave the club under Monchi's watch -- while has also pushed club icon Francesco Totti into retirement.

Replacements Cengiz Under, Justin Kluivert, Ante Coric, Javier Pastore and Steven Nzonzi have proved inconsistent. His decision to bring in Robin Olsen in place of Alisson is a move which has drawn particularly strong criticism from supporters.