Monchi Already Has Five Transfer Targets For Arsenal In Mind
Arsenal look likely to make former Sevilla and Roma director of football Monchi their new lead man when it comes to transfers and the former goalkeeper already has five targets in mind for the Premier League side.
Right now Unai Emery will be feeling very positive about his side's chances of being in the Champions League next season. With the Gunners' win over Manchester United on Sunday and both Spurs and Chelsea dropping points there's a chance Arsenal could even finish third, never mind fourth.
Despite the win at the weekend and the move into the top four things are still far from perfect at the Emirates Stadium and Emery will have a lot of work to do in the summer if he is to turn the team into potential Premier League winners.
There has already been a lot of change in the last 18 months at Arsenal. First they introduced Sven Mislintat as director of football, then Arsene Wenger left after 22 years in charge and was replaced by Emery and finally Mislintat left back in February.
Last week former Sevilla director of football Monchi left Serie A side Roma and, as he was already favourite for the post in north London, he looks certain to join the Gunners.
And according to Italian outlet Mediaset the 50 year old already has his eyes on five targets in the shape of Adrien Rabiot, Ever Banega, Nicolas Tagliafico, Nicolo Zaniolo and Daniele Rugani.
It's an interesting list of players and includes some that either Monchi or Emery have worked with before and that the former tried to sign for Roma.
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PSG's Rabiot is available on a free and could negotiate a deal with a club outside of France now if he wanted, as there's no chance of him extending his deal in Paris.
Banega is another midfield target. The Sevilla midfielder won back to back Europa Leagues with Emery and Monchi and they know him well.
Next up is Ajax left back Tagliafico, who has been impressing in the Champions League with the Dutch side, and he's also been linked with Atletico Madrid.
Zaniolo would probably be Monchi's number one target, having been working with the Italian youngster since the start of the season. He was part of the deal that took Radja Nainggolan to Inter and the Romans definitely got the better end of the deal.
The 19 year old has been excellent for Roma this season and impressed Roberto Mancini enough to earn his first international call up but could be available for €60 million, although he prefers a move to Juventus.
Finally Rugani, who Monchi tried to sign for the Galirossi last summer. Juve wouldn't let him go on loan but he isn't in Max Allegri's side and he could be signed for just €30 million.
Who will Arsenal sign in the summer?