Welcome to Emirates? as Roma make official announcment and Arsenal get £63 million James transfer message

Director of Football Monchi has officially left Roma by mutual consent, amid claims he is all set to make his way over to Arsenal.

Monchi has been one of the names in the frame for Arsenal following the departure of Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment earlier this year, with all indications suggesting that the two parties agreed some sort of deal earlier this month.

Roma Roma CEO Guido Fienga has confirmed that the two have parted ways after just a few seasons together amid rifts that there were numerous fallings out.

The Italians announced on the TMW website: “The club would like to thank Monchi for his work while at the club.

“I want to put on record our thanks to Monchi for his dedication during his time at the club and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours in football.

Monchi, who spent 17 years as a sporting director at Sevilla and has previously worked with Unai Emery at the Spanish giants, has said his goodbyes and has thanked Roma for his time with the club.

“I would like to thank President Pallotta, the club’s management, staff, players and fans for their support during my time at the club,” said Monchi. “I wish Roma a lot of success in the future.”

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have now told chasing Arsenal that they intend to keep on-loan Real Madrid star James Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is currently coming towards the end of his two-year loan spell with Bayern and there were some suggestions that they had no intention of offering him a permanent move to the Bundesliga, as he had not impressed as many had hoped.

That had led to speculation that Arsenal boss Unai Emery was looking to step in and offer the Colombian a move to the premier League, as he needs an immediate replacement for the departing Aaron Ramsey, who is signing for Juventus at the end of the season.

But despite rumours the rumours, Bayern now intend to sign him on a permanent deal from Real Madrid.

“The option that we have, we have to exercise by June 15th,” Rummenigge told Abendzeitung.

“So we still have plenty of time. But I have to make it quite clear that everyone here is happy with him. I firmly believe that James will also play for FC Bayern next season.”

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