Arsenal have moved a step closer to appointing Monchi as technical director after Roma announced that the Spaniard had left the club.
Monchi, who worked with Arsenal head coach Unai Emery at Sevilla, left Roma hours before the Italian club confirmed the appointment of former Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri as head coach.
Monchi has a reputation as one of Europe’s leading recruitment specialists and has been a long-term target for Arsenal.
The 50-year-old spent 17 years as Sevilla’s director of football and was credited with a series of successful and profitable signings, including Ivan Rakitic and Dani Alves. Rakitic, who now plays for Barcelona, once said that Monchi was so important that his presence was “like buying 10 new players”.
Monchi had a good relationship with Emery during their time together at Sevilla, when the club won three consecutive Europa League titles.
Asked this season about the possibility of Monchi joining him, Emery said: “I worked very well with him in Sevilla for 3½ years. I can say to you only that he is a good person and a good professional.”