Arsenal dealt blow as Monchi commits to Roma

Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of transfer guru Monchi, who has revealed that he is “close” to signing a contract with Italian giants Roma.

Monchi, a former goalkeeper, revealed last month that he would end a 17-year association with Europa League holders Sevilla this summer as he looks for a fresh challenge in football.

Arsenal were reportedly hopeful of bringing the director of football to the Emirates Stadium as part of a new set-up, although Monchi has seemingly confirmed that he will soon sign a contract with Roma, who want to end Juventus’ domination in the top flight of Italian football.

He told AS:

“It is not finalised but it is close to being finalised. If everything goes as planned then I’ll join Roma, unless there is a twist.

“I remember when Marcelo arrived on a plane to sign for Sevilla but ended up at Real Madrid. That’s why I don’t want the bells to ring out until everything has been tied up.”

Monchi, 48, represented Sevilla as a player between 1988 and 1999, before retiring at the age of 30 to take on a staff role at the Estadio Ramon.

The Spaniard is widely regarded as one of the best negotiators in European football when it comes to the buying and selling of players.

Article title: Arsenal dealt blow as Monchi commits to Roma

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