Arsenal made incredible offer to Monchi before Sevilla’s late approach

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first_imgEmery has been eager to work with Monchi again at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Were Monchi to snub a move to north London, it would be a huge blow for the Gunners, with The Mirror reporting he is their ‘first and only option’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal’s offer would have made Monchi one of the highest paid sporting directors in the Premier League, putting a £2.5m-a-year contract until 2022 on the table.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, Monchi would still have to report to football administrator Raul Sanllehi, while predecessor Sven Mislintat had expressed concerns over his diluted say in transfers before deciding to leave.But at Sevilla Monchi would be given free reign and full control, much as was the case during his previous tenure when he built a side that won the Europa League in three straight seasons. The Gunners risk missing out on their top target to replace Sven Mislintat (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have offered sporting director target Monchi a hugely lucrative contract to move to north London but face competition from his old club Sevilla.The 50-year-old only left Roma last week, with the Italian side deciding to part company with both manager Eusebio Di Francesco and Monchi in a huge restructuring after their Champions League exit at the hands of Porto.He was quickly linked with a reunion with Unai Emery at Arsenal, though Sevilla confirmed on Friday that they had made a late move of their own. Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Mar 2019 9:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link464Sharescenter_img After mixed success at Roma, Monchi could return to the club where he made his name (Getty)The Spanish side’s president, Jose Castro, confirmed: ‘Sevilla now needs a sports director and we have looked for the best and the best is Monchi. Our conversations go well with him, the conversations have been very receptive.‘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.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal made incredible offer to Monchi before Sevilla’s late approach Advertisementlast_img read more



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first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini accepted his team may not have deserved to beat Swansea. Swansea had troubled City in the second half with Gylfi Sigurdsson particularly impressive, forcing saves from Joe Hart and having an effort disallowed after a foul by Gomis. It was a battling display by the Swans just three days after Garry Monk was sacked as manager following a dismal run of form. The delight on their bench was obvious as Gomis appeared to have earned them a creditable draw but that joy soon turned to agony. Caretaker boss Alan Curtis said: “I felt we deserved something out of the game and thought we had got something when Bafi Gomis scored that equaliser, but that probably shows the difference between teams at the top of the table and teams where we are at the moment. “When you’re lacking a bit of confidence the luck tends to go against you but we can look at each other at the end of the game knowing everyone had given everything they had. “We showed today the quality is there. We have got good players and I thought we were excellent today. So many people had written us off. “We are bitterly disappointed to come away empty-handed but the performance, that is the standard. We have to maintain that and if we do, I am 100 percent confident we will get out of trouble.” City snatched a stoppage-time victory over the managerless Swans at the Etihad Stadium as Kelechi Iheanacho deflected in a Yaya Toure strike. It had look like Swansea would claim a point after Bafetimbi Gomis struck in the 90th minute to cancel out a first-half header from his former team-mate Wilfried Bony. Press Association City had been sluggish throughout, with Pellegrini believing his side were still feeling the effects of Tuesday’s draining Champions League win over Borussia Monchengladbach. Pellegrini said: “We really didn’t play well during the whole game. I think Swansea played a very good game. “I knew three of four players were not 100 per cent recovered and when you have an important match as we did in the week, to restart the motivation is not easy. “But it is three important points. Maybe we didn’t deserve to have the points today but I think these points maybe replace the points we lost here against West Ham, when we had 18 or 20 chances to score.” Pellegrini felt Toure was City’s outstanding player. The Ivorian provided energy and drive throughout and it was his determination that brought about the winner. Pellegrini said: “I think Yaya was one of the best players in this game. In the first half and the second he was the player who tried to create different things. “He has just come back in from an injury to his calf and he played the whole game in the Champions League and the whole game today. The goal was a reward. “But the most important thing is we won. It doesn’t matter if it is Yaya’s goal or Kelechi’s goal.” last_img read more


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first_imgJONATHAN Foo stroked a classy half-century as Anthony Adams XI ended day one of their second 2-day practice match against Leon Johnson’s XI, in a strong position heading into the final day. The second and final practice game before the January 9 start of the Regional 4-Day tournament was reduced by a day compared to the first match which lasted three days at Providence.When bails were lifted, Johnson’s XI were firmly placed on 85-1, trailing by 159 runs. Windies left-hander Chandrapaul Hemraj cruised to 46 not out with four fours and two sixes, sharing a second-wicket stand of 79 with his skipper Johnson, who made 23 not out with 2 fours.Opener Tevin Imlach was the only Adams’ XI wicket to fall, trapped leg-before-wicket for one run by Ronaldo Alimohamed. It was a good bowling outing for Johnson’s men as left-arm pacer Raymond Reifer started with 3 for 18, getting his rhythm going ahead of the season.Spin twins Kevin Sinclair 3-35 and Veerasammy Permaul 2-72 offered much support to the seamer, as the Adams’ XI ended on 244 all out in their first innings. Fresh off some Regional Super50 form, Foo batted for more than 100 minutes for his 60 with 5 fours and added 57 for the 6th wicket with all-rounder Ronaldo Alimohamed who hit 4 fours and two sixes in his 39.Raymon Perez scored 46 and Akshaya Persaud chipped in with 32 to help take their team to a solid first-innings total. Batting first under good sunshine, Trevon Griffith looked feisty as usual, smashing four fours and a six in his 24, before falling to the skill of Reifer who had him caught by Permaul.Griffith’s aggression and Perez’s class mixed well as the Adams’ XI lost their first wicket for 55 runs.Perez looked fluent and seemed to continue from his second innings in the last game where he made 40, but was knocked over by seamer Chris Barnwell for 46 with quadruple fours and a pair of maximums.Persaud stroked five fours as it looked like a good score was on his cards before the experienced arm of Devendra Bishoo caused some disturbance to his wicket.Permaul then got into the action, with his long-time buddy Bishoo, as he bowled Kemol Savory for 4 before trapping Ricardo Adams lbw for 3. Foo carried his bat and eventually reached his milestone before he eventually lost his wicket which then saw the tail being exposed.The final day’s play bowls off at 09:30hrs today. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more