How Arsenal chiefs reacted to Monchi snub as they start making summer transfer plans


The sporting director decided to return to old club Sevilla (Picture: AP)

Arsenal’s board are not worried about Monchi’s decision to turn them down, with their summer transfer plans already well advanced despite the absence of a sporting director.

The 50-year-old Spaniard had been in talks with Arsenal over a move to north London, where he would have been reunited with Unai Emery, but opted to return ‘home’ to Sevilla instead.

Monchi had been the Gunners’ top target to fill the void left by Sven Mislintat, but the Evening Standard report the club are in no rush to find someone else.

Emery’s top target is a centre-back but he’ll only have £40m to spend (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal chiefs are described as ‘disappointed but relaxed’ about the snub and have already identified the areas of the squad that need strengthening – and potential targets.

In fact, it is claimed that Arsenal’s already established plans were part of the reason why Monchi turned them down, preferring a clean slate and free reign at Sevilla.

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He also would have had a very limited budget to work with, with Arsenal only able to spend £40million if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

There is likely to be little money made from player sales either, with the likes of Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey all leaving for nothing when their contracts expire.

Monchi explained his decision to return to Sevilla at a press conference on Monday (Getty)

Arsenal could appoint from within and current head of international recruitment, Francis Cagigao, is the frontrunner among the internal options.

Speaking about Arsenal’s offer, Monchi said: ‘I thank Arsenal for their interest. It has been the club that has shown the most interest in me but, in the end, I evaluated all of the offers I had on the table and I chose the one that convinced me most.’

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