Chelsea’s search for a new sporting director is still ongoing, and one of the names they’d like to bring to Stamford Bridge is Sevilla’s Monchi, according to sources.
The 54-year-old has spent nearly 30 years with Sevilla as a player and executive, with the only time away being two years with Roma between 2017 and 2019.
Monchi, who has long been regarded as one of football’s finest sporting directors, has been linked with a move to the Premier League and has previously held talks with Manchester United and Arsenal.
Chelsea are still looking for a new sporting director after approaches for Michael Edwards and Christoph Freund fell through, and we understands that Blues co-owner and interim sporting director Todd Boehly is a big fan of Monchi.
Boehly had extensive contact with Monchi during Chelsea’s failed pursuit of Jules Kounde, who eventually signed for Barcelona, and was said to be very impressed by the Sevilla director’s conduct.
However, Monchi’s desire to leave Sevilla is currently unknown. He was persuaded to leave when he joined Roma in 2017, but he only stayed for two years before returning to Spain, and it is unclear whether he will leave again.
Boehly’s priority is to find the best fit for the club, and he has already met with a number of candidates. Although moves for Edwards and Freund have fallen through, Chelsea has spoken with a number of other potential replacements, including Monaco’s Paul Mitchell.
According to sources, the Blues are also interested in Tim Steidten of Bayer Leverkusen and Victor Orta of Leeds.