Major Arsenal blow as transfer guru Monchi set to snub Gunners for Sevilla return

ARSENAL have been dealt a major blow in their hunt for a technical director after front runner Monchi hinted at return to his old club Sevilla.

Roma sacked the Spaniard last week and he was expected to step straight into the role at the Gunners who have been without a technical director since Sven Mislintat's departure in November.

According to Tribuna, Arsenal's plans seem scuppered after Sevilla announced they are in discussions with the 50-year-old who posted a cryptic message on his social media that all but confirmed his intentions.

Sevilla's club president Pepe Castro said: "Joaquin will no longer be director of football, to focus on the bench.

"Sevilla needs a director of football and we want the best.

"Monchi is the best."

He added: "We are having productive conversations with him, we want a project with Monchi and both parties are optimistic.

"Monchi is very receptive, we need a sports director now and the talks are going well for (him to be appointed) soon."

The former goalkeeper played for Sevilla between 1990 and 1999 before a 17-year spell as their director of football from 2000 to 2017.

Although only in talks with his old club, Monchi's cryptic social media post suggests the chance of an Arsenal move is dead.

In a message posted on his Twitter and Instagram, the Spaniard said: "The heart never forgets the place where it left its most beautiful beats."

With the caption: "Just this… which at times means a great deal. Happy Saturday!"

Sevilla won 11 trophies during Monchi's time as sporting director and he is credited with the discovery of Sergio Ramos, Dani Alves, Jesus Navas and ex-Arsenal man Jose Antonio Reyes.

Arsenal will be hopeful of securing someone soon as alternative candidate Marc Overmars also appears unlikely to join due to contractual obligations with Ajax.

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