Roma exit imminent as key figure closes in on Emery reunion at Arsenal

Oli Fisher
Monchi Roma

Arsenal have been given a boost as news is emerging from Italy that Roma director Monchi looks set to leave the Serie A side.

Reports from Italian outlet Il Messaggero recently suggested Arsenal have agreed a deal with the 50-year-old, who previously worked with Gunners boss Unai Emery at Sevilla.

The Independent also stated that Arsenal were desperate to get someone in place as soon as possible in a bid to limit the disruption due to Sven Mislintat’s departure earlier this month.

A source apparently told them that Roma “are said to be bracing themselves for the departure of the 50-year-old,” – and the latest reports from Italy back up those claims.

Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked by Roma earlier on Thursday following a disastrous few days for the club – which included a 3-0 Derby della Capitale defeat to Lazio at the weekend and crashing out of the Champions League with a 3-1 loss at Porto on Wednesday night.

Now, a report from Sky Italia (via states that Monchi’s official exit from Roma is imminent, and that it is possible that his resignation would result in Arsenal avoiding having to pay a €3m release clause fee.


Former AC Milan man Massimiliano Mirabelli and Parma’s Daniele Faggiano are the names understood to be in the frame to replace Monchi – with the capital club keen to appoint someone with ‘less decision making powers’.


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