Sevilla are trying to steal their former sporting director Monchi away from Arsenal .

The Spaniard is set to sign a three-year contract and re-unite with Unai Emery at the Emirates after leaving Roma last week.

But his former club Sevilla want the 50-year-old back in Andalusia after sacking coach Pablo Machin following their Europa League defeat to Slavia Prague.

Sevilla President Jose Castro said: “Sevilla are working to bring in a new sporting director.

Monchi left Roma on 8 March by mutual consent

“We believe Monchi is the best choice and we’ve started negotiations with him. His receptiveness has been extraordinary. We have to agree on future plans, but both parties are optimistic.”

Monchi spent 17 years at the Spanish club and won 11 trophies, including five Europa Leagues.

Emery is known to be a huge fan of Monchi

He became renowned for signing young talent cheaply, with Sergio Ramos, Dani Alves and Ivan Rakitic among a number of high profile players he helped develop and sell off for a huge profit at Sevilla.

If he does go back to Spain it would be seen as a huge disappointment to Arsenal, with Emery in particular thought to be keen on the idea of bringing in such an experienced director.

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