Arsenal are reportedly set to offer Monchi the chance to become their new technical director after he left Italian club Roma.
The Gunners are keen to replace
Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo (commonly known as Monchi) graduated from Sevilla’s youth system having been born in San Fernando, Cadiz – just a two-hour drive away.
In 1991, the goalkeeper made his La Liga debut in a 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad. However, he spent much of his senior career playing back-up to Juan Carlos Unzue.
At the age of 30, Monchi retired after playing just 20 games in Sevilla’s promotion-winning season in 1999. In total he played 85 games over nine years, 20 of them coming in his final season.
In 2000, Sevilla appointed Monchi as a team delegate to manage matchday formalities. However, relegation to the Segunda forced the Rojiblancos to force the former shot-stopper into a sporting director role.
His remit was simple; Do not let the team drop back into the second division after promotion and develop the club’s youth system.